Toddler survives 6th floor fall
St Petersburg - Russian investigators launched a probe on Wednesday against a couple suspected of throwing their toddler into a trash chute from the sixth floor of an apartment building.
The two-year-old survived the fall down the narrow chute and neighbours discovered him on the trash heap of the apartment building in the northwest city of St Petersburg on Tuesday after they heard him crying.
The boy suffered a concussion, broken leg and several other injuries and was hospitalised in a state of shock, investigators said.
"Obviously he could not have got into the trash chute by himself," the spokesperson for St Petersburg investigators told AFP.
The boy was in the care of his 42-year-old grandmother, who was found drunk in the sixth-floor flat she shares with a 34-year-old man, he said.
The charge of attempted murder of a minor could lead to a life sentence.
About 100 000 children are victims of violence in Russia every year according to a Unicef report.