Headteacher chained up adopted son, 8, every day before work

Foster mum chained up prisoner son, 8, sealed his mouth with tape

Police arrested Anna Zhitnik after she allegedly kept her son prisoner (Picture: ICTV /Police)

A school principal has been accused of torturing her adopted eight-year-old son.

Police arrested Anna Zhitnik, 56, at work after breaking into her home in Dnipro, Ukraine, and apparently finding Stas chained to an armchair by his neck and blindfolded.

He was also said to be on the floor with his arms and legs bound and duct tape around his mouth.

Authorities were tipped off by Zhitniks concerned neighbours after they were shown pictures of the alleged torture by her adopted kids.

The school teacher also took in three other children aged four, six and 13.

Tatiana, who lives next door, said: The kids said their mother kept Stas constantly chained up as a punishment for speaking loudly.

We called the police.

Foster mum chained up prisoner son, 8, sealed his mouth with tape

Stas was allegedly kept prisoner (Picture: Police)

A foster mother 'who regularly chained up her son and kept him at home as a prisoner' has been charged with child abuse and torture in Ukraine. The 56-year-old school principal Anna Zhitnik was arrested after police raided her flat in Dnipro, central Ukraine, following a report from her neighbours. After breaking into the apartment, officers discovered Zhitnik's adoptive son, who was chained to an armchair, reports said. The eight-year-old victim named as Stas was sitting on the floor, blindfolded, with his arms and legs tied up. The boy's mouth was sealed with duck tape, police said. A handmade collar was wrapped around Stas's neck and attached to a metal chain, the other edge of which was fixed to the armchair. Shocked cops freed the boy and took him to a hospital for medical examinations before finding Zhitnik, who was at work at the moment, and detaining her. Zhitnik, who in total adopted four children, had been considered as a caring parent by her neighbours. But their opinion drastically changed after the kids shared details of their family's day-to-day life with them. Tatiana, a woman next door said to local media: 'The kids showed us a picture of Stas taken on their mobile phone. 'His wrists and lower legs were tied up with duck tape. 'The kids said their mother kept Stas constantly chained up as a punishment for speaking loudly. We called the police.' Law enforcement immediately took measures. Stas and his adoptive siblings, aged four, six and 13, were taken away from the mother and placed in a facility for social and psychological rehabilitation. Maria Atroshkina, a psychologist who is working with the kids said: 'These children were regularly abused by their foster mother. 'She used coarse language to insult them and chained them up for 'hopping around and touching her things'. 'The mother also had a 'special stick' to beat them up. 'The kids are very attached to each other. They constantly hug and kiss each other. They are very affectionate. 'None of them wants to reunite with the mother. They are afraid of her.' On 27 of August, during a court hearing, Anna Zhitnik was charged with child abuse, torture, unlawful deprivation of liberty, parental neglect. She was put under house arrest for a two-month period. Prosecutor Andriy Krasikov from Dnipro Prosecutor?s Office said: 'The suspect's 13-year-old daughter Mira eyewitnessed tortures and testified that it was her mother who chained the boy to the armchair. 'According to her, Zhitnik chained Stas up every day before going to work. 'The boy's body is covered with bruises inflicted by Zhitnik, according to him and the witness.' However, Zhitnik denies her guilt saying: 'I am not guilty. I've done a lot for these children preventing them from hurting themselves. 'May they take them away from me, I don?t mind.' It is believed Zhitnik adopted the kids to receive 15,000 hryvnias (about 500 pounds) of child benefits per month. She has already been deprived of her parental rights, local media report. The suspect faces up to 10 years in prison if found guilty. The investigation continues.

Headteacher Anna Zhitnik has been charged with torture (Picture: ICTV)

All the children were removed from the property and are now being rehabilitated at a centre.

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Stas was also seen by medical doctors.

Psychologist Maria Atroshkina claimed the children were regularly abused by Zhitnik and she would chain them up or hit them with a special stick if they hopped around.

She added: The kids are very attached to each other. They constantly hug and kiss each other. They are very affectionate.

None of them wants to reunite with the mother. They are afraid of her.

Prosecutor Andriy Krasikov said Zhitniks daughter Mira, 13, accused her of chaining Stas up every time she went to work.

He added during a court hearing on August 27 the boy was bruised as a result of the alleged abuse from his mum.

A foster mother 'who regularly chained up her son and kept him at home as a prisoner' has been charged with child abuse and torture in Ukraine. The 56-year-old school principal Anna Zhitnik was arrested after police raided her flat in Dnipro, central Ukraine, following a report from her neighbours. After breaking into the apartment, officers discovered Zhitnik's adoptive son, who was chained to an armchair, reports said. The eight-year-old victim named as Stas was sitting on the floor, blindfolded, with his arms and legs tied up. The boy's mouth was sealed with duck tape, police said. A handmade collar was wrapped around Stas's neck and attached to a metal chain, the other edge of which was fixed to the armchair. Shocked cops freed the boy and took him to a hospital for medical examinations before finding Zhitnik, who was at work at the moment, and detaining her. Zhitnik, who in total adopted four children, had been considered as a caring parent by her neighbours. But their opinion drastically changed after the kids shared details of their family's day-to-day life with them. Tatiana, a woman next door said to local media: 'The kids showed us a picture of Stas taken on their mobile phone. 'His wrists and lower legs were tied up with duck tape. 'The kids said their mother kept Stas constantly chained up as a punishment for speaking loudly. We called the police.' Law enforcement immediately took measures. Stas and his adoptive siblings, aged four, six and 13, were taken away from the mother and placed in a facility for social and psychological rehabilitation. Maria Atroshkina, a psychologist who is working with the kids said: 'These children were regularly abused by their foster mother. 'She used coarse language to insult them and chained them up for 'hopping around and touching her things'. 'The mother also had a 'special stick' to beat them up. 'The kids are very attached to each other. They constantly hug and kiss each other. They are very affectionate. 'None of them wants to reunite with the mother. They are afraid of her.' On 27 of August, during a court hearing, Anna Zhitnik was charged with child abuse, torture, unlawful deprivation of liberty, parental neglect. She was put under house arrest for a two-month period. Prosecutor Andriy Krasikov from Dnipro Prosecutor?s Office said: 'The suspect's 13-year-old daughter Mira eyewitnessed tortures and testified that it was her mother who chained the boy to the armchair. 'According to her, Zhitnik chained Stas up every day before going to work. 'The boy's body is covered with bruises inflicted by Zhitnik, according to him and the witness.' However, Zhitnik denies her guilt saying: 'I am not guilty. I've done a lot for these children preventing them from hurting themselves. 'May they take them away from me, I don?t mind.' It is believed Zhitnik adopted the kids to receive 15,000 hryvnias (about 500 pounds) of child benefits per month. She has already been deprived of her parental rights, local media report. The suspect faces up to 10 years in prison if found guilty. The investigation continues.

The headteacher allegedly tied up her adopted son at home (Picture: Police)

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