Dad, 35, arrested for dangling and shaking six-week-old baby daughter by leg

WARNING – UPSETTING VIDEO: Igor Kravtasov, 35, from Moscow, dangled the child in a video that he posted to social media and said he believed babies should be treated like monkeys

    A father has been detained after posting a video showing him holding his six-week-old daughter upside down by one leg.

    Igor Kravtasov, 35, a social media influencer from Moscow, said he believed babies should be treated like monkeys because they are flexible.

    His wife Darya Getmanskaya, 27, the girl’s mother, has been detained for ten days, too, after failing to intervene.

    Social services are considering whether to strip the couple of their parental rights, say reports.

    This follows an outcry by Russian childcare experts when the footage went viral.

    Igor and Darya, from Russia, have both been arrested for cruelty to a child
    (Image: Instagram)

    • Boy, 2, dies after being left on school bus for six hours when driver forgot him

    • Chilling last words of woman battered to death with branch in horrific hour-long attack

    They said moving the tiny baby around upside down risks major health damage including a broken neck – but the father’s supporters have claimed his stunt was akin to baby yoga or infant gymnastics.

    The child is in a Sochi hospital undergoing medical checks.

    Kravtasov – who whistled as he twirled her around – admitted he had been “careless” with the child but added: “I have my own views on how to treat kids.

    “If we look at little monkeys, they are very agile creatures…

    Footage of the video went viral on social media leading to Igor's arrest

    • Girl, 13, had 'eyes gouged out and tongue cut' after being raped and murdered

    “We are descended from monkeys, so we need to develop this activity in early childhood…

    “This helps the correct formation of bones.

    “Ligaments and joints become more mobile.”

    But neonatologist Vera Pushkareva told Komsomolskaya Pravda (KP) insisted: "In no case should a baby be shaken.

    “When a person shakes a child violently, the unsecured head dangles.

    “Weak neck muscles are not yet able to work properly.

    Darya with her daughter being interrogated by police
    (Image: Press-service of Krasnodar police)

    Igor claimed babies are flexible and should be treated like monkeys
    (Image: Press-service of Krasnodar police)

    • Sedgley 'murder': 'Hero' new dad, 24, killed 'breaking up fight' outside Wetherspoons

    “In addition, in babies the blood vessels are still imperfect.

    “All this can provoke a haemorrhage.”

    She warned that “joints and bones in children are soft, and very violent shaking can lead to displacement of the vertebrae or lead to other problems.

    Darya is also a social media influencer
    (Image: Instagram)

    “What the man did in the video is incomprehensible…he could have just broken her neck.”

    It is not the first such video recently in Russia.

    The trend provoked demands from social media users "to take children away from sadists”.


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *