Friday, January 3, 2020

Dad unable to cope abandons young daughter on rubbish tip on Christmas Day

A dad, who had promised to care for his daughter when he collected her from a children's home in the summer, abandoned her alone on a rubbish dump on Christmas Day.

The girl, who appears to be around six years old, was found living in a tent used by homeless scavengers, who scour the tip for scraps, in the city of Odessa, Ukraine.

Anastasia had been at the tip for about five days when police arrived and handed her over to social workers who returned her to the care home.

Police are investigating why the three other homeless people she was sharing a tent with had not reported her to officials.


Children's worker Nata Samokhina, who eventually discovered the girl, said: “It is incredible how many people passed by and did not pay attention to her, none of them called the police.”

Ms Samokhina confirmed that the girl's father, whose name was not reported, had collected the child from the home in June this year but had decided it was too much work for him, and had abandoned her.

Valentina Kartasheva, from the children's home, said: “We did not want to give her to him, we had a feeling. But we had to obey the law. Thank God she is alive. She is currently in a state of shock.“

Ms Kartasheva has stressed that after undergoing all the necessary medical checks, Anastasia would return to her friends in the children's home.

Representatives of the orphanage have stressed that they would do their best to make sure Anastasia’s father loses his parental rights to prevent him from trying to claim her again.

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