Investigators found the lifeless body of a 3-year-old girl wrapped in a plastic bag in a forest outside Moscow, after her mother's boyfriend confessed to beating the toddler to death, Russian media reported Wednesday.
The boyfriend also told investigators that he and the 20-year-old woman had taken the body to the forest and buried it there, before filing a police report about a missing child, Interfax reported, citing an unidentified law-enforcement official.
Contradictions in the couple's testimonies led investigators to suspect their involvement, and the man confessed to beating the girl last Friday to death, the official said.
The man also pointed out the place in a forest in the Sergiyev-Posad district outside Moscow where he said he disposed of the body, the report said.
Earlier Interfax reports cited police as saying that after killing the girl late Friday night, the man left the body in her bedroom for the mother to find when she woke up Saturday morning.