Shocking image shows emaciated boy, 4, in hospital after he was ‘almost starved to death by his parents’

Paramedics were concerned for the child’s condition after visiting the home to check on his ten month old baby sister.

When the ambulance service saw the boy, they told his parents that the child needed to be taken to hospital.

However the boy’s father, Aleksandr Molchenko, told reporters that his son fell ill because of “experiments” performed on him in the local hospital.

He said: “I believe that this is the consequence of experiments nurses carried out in this hospital,” he said.

A police spokesperson is reported as saying: “The parents are charged with deliberate and malicious failure to fulfil childcare responsibilities. Also, the court will consider the issue of depriving the suspects of their parental rights.”