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A grieving husband has claimed his wife killed their young boy because she was 'amped up' over the war in Ukraine.
Mum Natalia Aleksandrovna Hitchcock from Wisconsin, US has been charged with the murder of 8-year-old Oliver Hitchcock and attempted killing of her 11-year-old son.
A criminal report from police in Sheboygan County quotes the man as saying that the 41-year-old mum — who is said to have Russian ancestry — carried out the act after being affected by the conflict on television.
Officers were first called to a flat in the city of Sheboygan Falls last Wednesday (March 30) at around 4.55pm following a report of a "possible stabbing".
While on their way to the scene, they were informed that a child had been wounded and "the female wanted to kill herself”.
Police attended to find a male witness pleading with them to "get in here". They entered the living room to find the boy, labelled as 'Victim 1', laid unconscious on his back.
Victim 1 was later identified as young Oliver, who was a pupil at Sheboygan Falls Elementary School.
A disturbing account from the police report reads: "Victim 1 was very pale white and bluish in colour. Officer Palese did not observe any bleeding or any type of wounds on Victim 1 but he did observe bruising on the boy’s neck consistent with having been strangled.
"Officer Doxtator began performing chest compressions on Victim 1. First Responders and Orange Cross arrived and began providing treatment."
The husband then told the officers that his wife had "tried to stab" him. When questioned, he told them that her mental state had begun to deteriorate in the days prior after watching reports from Ukraine, and she had begun to consume more alcohol than usual.
He claimed she had asked him to stay home from work, and had asked him to buy a camping stove, fuel, knives and guns.
The husband says he bought her the stove and fuel, but refused to purchase weapons.
When taken in for an interview, Mrs Hitchcock allegedly said she "accomplished what I set out to do" after being informed that Oliver had died, and told police she wanted to "end his suffering" with her hands.
In a court appearance since, the defendant was heard trying to address her husband in court, saying: "I'm sorry, I don't know what happened."
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