Russian mother left baby on highway to be jailed

A court has sentenced a young mother and her brother to eight years in prison after they admitted putting the woman's 9-month son on a four-lane highway in hopes he would get killed.

A passing motorist rescued the child unharmed after about 10 minutes, and the boy has since been adopted by another family.

The Moscow Regional Court said Tuesday that 24-year-old Elena Osina and her 21-year-old brother pleaded guilty to attempted murder in the May 2011 incident.

In previously reported testimony, Osina said life had become hard with the baby — her parents, who they lived with, complained, and her boyfriend had moved out.

After the verdict, Osina said on television she thought the sentence was too harsh, but admitted putting her baby on the highway was a "mistake."

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