Heartbroken mum finds out murdered daughter had been swapped at birth

A grieving mum found out that her ten-year-old daughter had been swapped at birth only after the youngster was murdered.

Schoolgirl Yana Alexandrova was allegedly killed by her stepfather's brother, Oleg Akhtiyainen, 55, in 2011 after being sexually abused for years.

In a devastating second blow, mum Elena Alexandrova has accepted she cannot even see her blood daughter who was raised by the women in the next bed at her maternity hospital.

Detectives in Russia say they have finally solved the horrific 2011 killing of tragic Yana following the arrest of her stepfather's brother on suspicion of raping and murdering the ten-year-old.


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This followed long running sexual abuse of Yana and her older sister Alina, now 21, by their stepfather, Yury K, who was jailed for 13 years for the attacks.

The girls’ mother identified Yana’s body, which was dumped in a forest in Leningrad region, by her clothing.

But a DNA test subsequently showed that Yana was not her child – even though she took her home from the maternity hospital.

Police established that the newborn baby was accidentally swapped with another child by hospital staff in January 2001.

They found Elena's blood daughter, who was being raised by a loving family who were unaware of the swap.

At first, hair stylist Elena could not accept that Yana was not her blood daughter and believed that killers had dressed her girl’s clothes on another child.

“I don’t think it was my girl who was found dead,” she said at the time.

But Yana’s DNA matched with the family who were raising the daughter to whom Elena gave birth.

Agonisingly, Elena has not been allowed to see her blood daughter, now aged 18.

This mother has not been formally told the name or address of her own daughter amid concerns that it would be too traumatic for the girl.

Elena opted not to go to court to challenge this decision, said a woman friend.

The friend said: “She understood the distress it could cause to her child.”

But she remembers the woman who has raised her blood child.

“There were three of us in the ward, from different villages,” she told Komsomolskaya Pravda.

“We were chatting. Everything was normal.”

Akhtiyainen faces a possible life sentence for the rape and murder of Yana.

His alleged accomplice also detained this week, Boris Bokarev, 35, helped Akhtiyainen dispose of the body, say police.

He will not face charges due to a statute of limitations on criminal prosecutions.

Elena was “shocked and unaware” of the sexual abuse to Yana by her husband Yury, who remains in jail.

He was originally suspected of her murder but police say their in-depth investigation has established that Akhtiyainen was responsible.

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