A woman threw her newborn girl and another baby to their deaths from the maternity ward of a hospital in Namangan, Uzbekistan, after learning that her child was “disabled.”

Police said the unidentified 23-year-old woman killed her newborn girl because her previous two children had also died just after birth, but of natural causes. She threw down the second baby in order to “cover up the crime.”

An hour after the killings, the night-duty staff at the hospital, who were asleep, realized the babied were missing. They started looking for them and found the babies, who were still alive. However, the babies were severely injured after falling from a height of 16 feet and succumbed to the injuries a few hours later. The exact date of the incident was not known.

Speaking about the motive behind the murders, a police source said, “The woman was told by maternity hospital doctors that her newborn daughter was unlikely to be healthy. It made her think that no-one would ever love or need this baby and pushed her to commit this awful crime.”

The woman was allegedly informed that the newborn had bow legs, a condition that was curable. Meanwhile, a case of murder was opened against the woman, who could face up to 25 years in jail if found guilty.

A separate case of medical negligence was also opened against the hospital staff who were “asleep” when the incident took place. The staff would face up to eight years in prison if found guilty.

In a statement, the Women's Committee of Uzbekistan said it got in touch with the family of the accused.

"We don’t approve of what she did, but we would like to help her and her family by easing their grave psychological trauma," the committee said in a statement.

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