A mum cut open her son's body in a bloody attempt to “cast out his demons”.
Doctors "turned pale" at the gruesome condition of a toddler whose mother claimed the DIY demonic surgery on August 12, had to be done.
Mum Kristina Litvina, 25, from Russia has been arrested for the bizarre 'operation' after she begged neighbours to call two-year-old Lev an ambulance.
A resident in the central city of Yekaterinburg, says he saw Lev's horrendous condition as blood spilled over his body from wounds to his abdomen and arms.
The neighbour said: "I've seen a lot in my life, but never like this."
"They clearly were not prepared for this," they added.
As the ambulance team saved her boy’s life with first aid, the mother "sat quietly in her chair, with zero reaction".
Asked what she had done, she replied: "Why don’t you understand? It was necessary to cast out his demons."
The mother was detained at her prestigious apartment and is charged with attempted murder of a minor, said the Russian Investigative Committee.
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A statement said: "The punishment for this particularly grave crime is up to 15 years in prison.
“The woman admitted her guilt during the interrogation.”
She demonstrated to officers how she had sought to remove the “demons”, said the committee.
The boy is now in hospital, and is expected to survive thanks to first aid from quick-thinking neighbours.
The mother – who was into “mysticism” and sold fashion clothes on her popular social media – was known to her friends as "cheerful".
She had recently split with her husband, say reports.
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