A dad dangled his his three-year-old son over a 150ft drop as revenge on his 'cheating' wife.
For two-and-a-half hours, Roman Terentyev, 34, held little Maksim “on the brink of death” as he cried from the 14th floor window ledge “I am scared, let me go,” reports in Russia say.
After a tense standoff with police and negotiations with his wife, Olga Terenteva, 40, the toddler was released from Terentyev's grasp and Russian national guards arrested him.
Mum Terentyeva from Irkutsk, Russia, told police the kidnapping of their child on July 13, was Roman's latest attempt to hurt her.
She claims her husband previously attacked her with a hammer.
Law enforcement psychologists were involved in the negotiations which followed the father kidnapping the boy in a dispute with his wife who had demanded a divorce.
Reports said Terentyev had become obsessed that she was cheating on him and installed hidden cameras in their apartment.
After kidnapping the boy, he sent her “threatening messages” and said he would kill their son and take his own life.
Police were alerted today when neighbours at his rented flat saw him holding the boy at the open window of an enclosed balcony, say reports.
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The footage went viral as the sickening drama unfolded.
Eventually the man agreed to give up the child.
Soon afterwards Russian SOBR national guard special forces stormed the flat and detained the man.
He was seen in handcuffs being pushed into a detention vehicle.
He has been held in custody on suspicion of “preparing to murder a minor”, and would face jail of up to ten years if convicted.
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A picture of the wife was released with bruises on her face.
Police also released an image of the boy after his safe release when he was reunited with his mother.
The man is also accused of attacking his step son, 19, and tying him up for six hours at the weekend as a dispute developed with his wife.
In leaked testimony after his arrest, the suspect said: "I did not want to do this.
“I wanted to influence my wife, so she paid attention to me, since I love her very much, sincerely.”
If you have been affected by issues of domestic violence or coercive control you can call Refuge's 24-Hour National Domestic Abuse Helpline for free. The number is 0808 2000 247
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