Shocking moment Russian ‘father’ discovers his ‘dead newborn twins’ are actually DOLLS… then learns his wife has LIED about being pregnant
- Daud Daudov, 33, alleged his ‘sons’ could be victims of a baby-adoption racket
- His fears arose when he went to bury the ‘twins’ to instead find a pair of dolls
- It was later found that his wife Laura had lied about her pregnancy from the start
- Laura confessed, and said she had wrapped the dolls in a shroud for the funeral
- After an investigation was launched, she said she did so because her husband had been so happy to hear she was pregnant and she couldn’t stop lying
A Russian man thought he was about to bury his dead newborn twins… only to discover they were dolls wrapped in a shroud and his wife’s pregnancy had been a lie from the start.
Daud Daudov, 33, initially thought his sons – who he was told had died at birth – could be ‘alive’ and had been swapped with the dolls as part of a baby-selling racket.
A police investigation was opened after he claimed maternity hospital medics had replaced his ‘dead newborn twins’ with dolls ahead of their funeral.
He even revealed a video from the burial where he unwrapped the shrouds to see his babies for the first time – and discovered the dolls.
Russian Daud Daudov, 33, showed a video from the burial after he unwrapped the shrouds to see his babies for the first time, to his horror revealing dolls
In a video shared by Russian Daud Daudov (pictured) he alleged his sons could be ‘alive’ and victims of a baby-selling or adoption racket, before he learned that his wife had lied about her pregnancy from the start
The shocked man and his relatives then called police, triggering a scandal over baby abuse in Russia.
But on Thursday the man’s wife confessed she did not give birth, and had wrapped the dolls in a shroud for the funeral.
She did so because her husband had been so happy to hear she was pregnant, and she couldn’t stop lying, she said.
‘The woman went through a medical examination which established that she did not give birth,’ said Stavropol governor Vladimir Vladimirov.
‘Later the woman in writing confirmed that the whole story was made up. What can I say? I am speechless,’ Vladimirov said.
‘Now this is down to the family and the law enforcement. I am hoping that people who have wrongly accused our doctors will apologise.’
In a statement the mother, named Laura, admitted that she had faked her pregnancy, along with the birth and death of her newborns, because her husband so wanted to have children.
Her initial positive pregnancy test was not confirmed, she said.
‘I saw how happy my husband was when I told him that I was pregnant,’ she said. ‘I didn’t want to upset him and therefore decided to lie to him and to our relatives by faking the pregnancy.
‘I didn’t have a clear plan. Sometimes I felt as if my tummy was growing, I felt as if I was pregnant.
‘In January I went to have a look at babies’ cots. It’s hard to explain, from one hand I knew I wasn’t pregnant, but I couldn’t stop pretending.’
She rented a flat near the maternity hospital, bought two dolls and told her family that babies died after birth.
‘On that same day my husband told me that we had to bury the babies in Dagestan, at his family’s graveyard.
‘Then (at the burial) my husband unmasked my lies by finding the dolls instead of the babies. I misled all my relatives and my husband. I am terribly sorry.’
Daudov had claimed in a video statement released by the Interior Ministry that his sons had been born healthy on 3 February at Stavropol perinatal centre in southern Russia.
His wife was initially in intensive care following the delivery, he said, but she had recovered and cared for the ‘healthy’ babies on 7 and 8 February in her ward at the hospital.
At 3am on 9 February she was told they had died, he said.
The cause for both deaths was given as ‘cerebral haemorrhage, aneurysm’, he said, calling it a ‘a ticking bomb’ that ‘cannot be checked, except by postmortem.
‘But Islam prohibits dissection, we must bury the kids as they are. She went downstairs and saw some men there.
‘They gave her psychological help, calmed her down, took the kids, and said: “We will pray for them, wash them, cover them with grave-clothes.”‘
He claimed that when she was released from hospital she was given the two dead babies and put in a taxi to go home.
‘I was at work at that moment. I called her, she answered, started crying and asked me to come home. I asked her what happened and at this moment she told me that we had lost our kids.
‘I came home in panic and they were there. I did not leave them from that moment, they were in my sight, constantly.’
He said he mourned but did not unwrap the shrouds until the burial in the family’s native region of Dagestan close to another family grave.
‘My cousin told me: “Bro, they are still people… we need to do this in a human way. We need to see their faces before we bury them.”‘
‘I opened the face of the first baby and saw there were no eyes. What was this? I began to open the face of the second one. The same. This was a doll…a doll.’
He told the police: ‘Everyone was shocked…they were both just dolls. In disposable nappies, like real kids… After this we called the police.’
He claimed ‘my babies are alive’, and implied they could be victims of crimes that have allegedly seen new born babies sold for adoption or black market sale while parents are told they are dead.
Pictured left: The funeral held for the ‘babies’, where it was found they were actually dolls (pictured right). Daudov’s wife Laura confessed she did not give birth, and had wrapped the dolls in a shroud for the funeral
In his first response governor Vladimir Vladimirov had said the case ‘makes your heart shrink… Such grief, and such a situation.’
He vowed to personally supervise the investigation which involved the police and Investigative Committee, which handles serious criminal cases.
‘In addition to empathy, the first reaction is a desire to fully understand.’
It then emerged there had been no record of Daudov’s wife as a patient or of the deaths of newborn twins.
‘In the event of death, the body is handed over to relatives not by a medical facility, but the forensic service after an appropriate study,’ he said.
‘The relatives have the opportunity to see the body. This is all very strange. I personally will check the situation.’
Later he said that hospital records across his region did not confirm the father’s account.
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