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Man ‘killed step-daughter by battering her 60 times when she couldn’t use potty’

A man has been accused of beating his two-year-old step-daughter to death when she didn't use a potty properly.

Anton Proskurin, 40, allegedly hit little Ksenia Dubrovina 60 times on her head and body before she died.

He is said to have attacked the child after she weed on the floor instead of using a potty.

The toddler, 'whose head was horribly swelled and looked like a balloon', was found by her mother Zinaida Proskurina.

The 25-year-old, who was at work during the incident, called an ambulance only 24 hours later after Ksenia stopped breathing, reports said.

Paramedics arrived and confirmed the girl was already dead.

The medics reportedly were shocked to see the child’s condition and called the police.

Proskurin was arrested and confessed to the crime in full, police said.

The horrific ordeal happened in the city of Tolyatti, western Russia in June 2019.

Forensic examinations showed Ksenia was hit 20 times on the head and about 40 times all over the body.

She died from haemorrhage caused by severe head injuries.

The step-dad was systematically beating the girl during the last months of her life, investigators claimed.

Zinaida allegedly knew about the abuse but did nothing to protect her daughter.

She took pictures of the battered child instead and showed them to her friends saying 'they were for the family's album', witnesses claimed.

The mother also used make-up to disguise Ksenia's bruises, according to reports.

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Prosecutor Aleksandr Kanaev said to local media: ''The violence against the girl lasted for months.

''Her parents treated her badly and beat her on every occasion.

''In May 2019 Proskurin violently pulled the child by arm and broke it. He did it to punish her after she fell over.''

The family's friend Roman told the court: ''Once Proskurin kicked Ksenia in the belly. She fell on to the floor and cried.

''Zinaida watched then laughed.

''I started protesting but he said that the child was naughty and needed a lesson.''

Zinaida, who worked as a saleswoman at a liquor store, is under investigation at the moment for failing to fulfil parental duties.

Proskurin, who is a security guard, is accused of murder of a minor committed with particular cruelty.

He faces a life sentence if found guilty.

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