Woman filmed drowning of one-year-old daughter

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A 26-year-old woman in Oslo has been charged with the second-degree murder of her one-year-old daughter after she and her partner allegedly discussed how best to discipline the child in an online video chat session.

The incident took place at around 3am on October 10th last year. With the child still lying awake, the woman and her boyfriend, who lives in the United Kingdom, spoke about what they should do.

After they had deliberate, the child’s mother then went and got a bucket, filled it with water, and held the child’s head under the surface until she stopped breathing.

“The accused has explained that her boyfriend helped her with disciplining the child, and that he suggested holding the child upside down in a bucket of water,” prosecution lawyer Kristin Rusdal told newspaper VG.

As her 33-year-old boyfriend followed the events on his computer screen, the woman called for an ambulance and the girl was taken to the National Hospital, where she died the next day.

The woman explained that the girl had drowned after falling into a bucket of water. A post mortem examination proved inconclusive, but police found the mother’s explanation difficult to believe and soon launched an investigation into the infant’s death.

The woman has admitted to the facts of the case but told police she only intended to discipline the child, not to kill her.  

Prosecution counsel Kristin Rusdal said, however, that police believed the child was subjected to serious physical abuse in the period prior to her death. 

Oslo police are currently seeking to have the woman’s boyfriend brought to Norway to face trial. He has been charged with acting as an accessory to murder.   

Police said the pair had formed a romantic relationship over the internet but had only met in person on one occasion.

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