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Mum says ‘I died that day too’ after baby thrown from 10th-storey balcony by dad

Karina Kugel wanted to kill herself after losing her baby at the hands of her estranged husband. Little Lagertha and her dad Roman were killed instantly

Karina Kugel with her eight-month-old baby Lagertha

A mum whose baby died in a traumatic murder-suicide at the hands of her own father says she ‘died that day too’.

Speaking out a year after eight-month-old daughter Lagertha’s death Karina Kugel said nothing matters any more.

The 30-year-old mum had been away on business when her husband Roman, 34, threw the infant from a 10th-storey balcony and jumped after her.

According to police, Roman was drunk at the time of the incident.

Both the man and the child did not have a chance to survive the 80 feet fall and died instantly, investigators said.

Lagertha’s pram and an empty bottle of vodka with Roman’s fingerprints on it were found on the balcony, police said.

Karina with baby Lagertha

Karina with husband Roman and their little girl

Mrs Kugel, who is from Minsk, Belarus, had lived with her husband for 12 years.

She said: ”I died that day too. Last year, on June 30, my life ended. Nothing matters anymore.

”Only now do I understand that our relationship was a moral abuse.

”He could humiliate and insult me the whole day without any reason.

“The next day he was full of love and tenderness.”

One month before the incident, Mrs Kugel ended her relationship with Roman.

After the break-up, they agreed to take turns to spend time with the baby girl.

The baby and her dad fell from the 10th floor



”That day I prepared a meal and went away, leaving Roman to take care of our daughter,” the mother recalled.

”After a while, I started receiving abusive messages from him. Then he hinted that he was going to do something to hurt me. Within the next 20 minutes, he did what he did.”

”I couldn’t imagine he would have been capable of hurting our daughter. He loved her so much,” Mrs Kugel added.

”I will never forgive myself for leaving my daughter with him.

“The guilt corrodes me and it’ll never end.”’

”After my daughter’s funeral, I searched for an opportunity to commit suicide.

Little Lagertha died at eight months old

The mum says she has found it hard to live without her

“But my relatives and friends never left me on my own.”

Mrs Kugel’s relatives persuaded her to take part in a charity project named ”Vyzhyt” – translated as survive – that offers help to people who lost their loved ones.

”I’m absorbed in the project. An army of women support me and believe in me and I cannot let them down,” the mother said.

”I try to live even though I don’t want to.”

If you are affected by this story there are many people who would be happy to talk to you:


If you need to talk and don’t know where to turn to, the Samaritans operate a free helpline open 24/7 on 116 123. Alternatively you can email [email protected] or visit the website to find your local branch.


If you or somebody you know is experiencing a mental health problem, SANEline’s helpline is open between 4.30pm and 10.30pm every day on 0300 304 7000.


The mental health charity Mind has resources aimed at helping you cope with and plan for a crisis. Visit their website for details on helplines, how to access crisis services and what to do if you’re unable to get help yourself.

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