Mother beats son to death in Siberia

A woman in West Siberia has been jailed for 10 years for beating her three-year-old son to death with a belt, prosecutors said on Tuesday.

Natalya Martinova, 37, whipped her child with the belt, put him in the corner and then fell asleep in the city of Kemerovo last November. The boy died soon after of his injuries.

Russia has a bad track record on child abuse. More than 2,000 children are killed every year, many of them at the hands of their parents or relatives, RIA Novosti reported.

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