Nanny charged with murder in Russian child decapitation

Gulchekhra Bobokulova, a nanny from Uzbekistan, is seen in a court room in Moscow, Russia, Wednesday, March 2, 2016. Russian prosecutors said Wednesday that the nanny accused of killing and then decapitating a 4-year-old girl in Moscow was not acting on her own. The 38-year-old woman was spotted outside a Moscow subway station Monday morning, brandishing the child’s head in a grizzly murder that shocked the country and provoked a blanket coverage ban on Russian state television. (AP Photo)

MOSCOW (AP) — A nanny accused of decapitating a 4-year-old girl and brandishing her head outside a Moscow subway station has been formally charged with murder.

Vladimir Markin, spokesman for Russia’s Investigative Committee, announced the charge on Friday. Under Russian law, a conviction carries a maximum sentence of life imprisonment or the death penalty, although Russia placed a moratorium on capital punishment in 1999.

Gulchekhra Bobokulova, 38, was detained in Moscow on Monday after she was seen with the child’s head.

Officials have suggested the woman, who was diagnosed with schizophrenia in 2003, could have been incited to kill as an act of terrorism, but Markin said investigation into the motive is continuing.

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