27-Year Old Romanian Woman Who Cut Her New Born Into Two For Looking Like Her Lover Jailed For 18 Years

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A Romanian woman who murdered her newborn son, before
cutting the corpse in half and removing the baby’s intestines, because she
believed it was her lover’s child, has been jailed for 18 years.
Elena Smocot, 27, killed her baby in front of her
four-year-old son and her nephew, aged seven, in her home in Barlad, Vaslui
County, east Romania.
She told police how her actions were triggered by noticing
how her newborn looked nothing like her two other children, and bore a striking
resemblance to the man she had been having an affair with. The mother-of-two
said that as soon as she noticed the similarity with her lover, she decided to
kill the child.

She described to police how she grabbed the child by the
legs and swung it around, bashing his head against the furniture several times
until it stopped screaming.
She then went outside, put the baby on the ground and
stamped on him repeatedly.
The two other children, who heard her shouting, went outside
and saw the brutal abuse, after which they ran to raise the alarm with
neighbours.
However, before neighbours and police arrived, Smocot
grabbed a broken roof tile and used it to cut the baby into half, a court
heard.
She then pulled out the baby’s intestines and put them in
the bath tub and then switched on the shower where she stood inside the same
bath to wash herself.
During the court case judges heard evidence that the woman
might have been suffering from depression because in both 2010 and 2012 she was
suffering from postnatal depression.
She said that nobody had known she had a lover, and in
interviews with detectives gave chilling detail of the killing.
As well as being sentenced to jail, the judge also took away
the parental rights for her other two children.

Sentencing her, the court ruled she was in full control of
her actions and knew what she was doing when she murdered the child.

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