Mother pours gasoline into mouth of 8-year-old son and sets him on fire

Police in Russia detained a mother for allegedly pouring gasoline into the mouth of her eight-year-old son then setting him on fire.

The boy died in hospital in Kursk, Russia after suffering 45 percent burns.

Anastasia Baulina, 31, a cashier, was furious that her son Andrey ‘betrayed’ her by telling his stepfather that she had been visited by her alleged lover, local media claimed.

She had a ‘quarrel’ with her son and took him into the courtyard, dousing him in fuel from a canister, then set the boy on fire.

His sister Natasha, 12, said: ‘(The fuel) was pouring into his mouth, as he was crying.’

As the girl fled in terror, the mother and stepfather Pavel Baulin, 35, a farmworker, put out the flames and called an ambulance.

But the boy was critically injured, and he died two days later from the severe burns.

Neighbour Nina Chetverikova told Life: ‘I saw her at the bus stop. She had a quarrel with her husband. It seems she took it out on her children.’

A murder investigation has now been opened and Baulina was detained. If convicted Baulina faces up to 20 years in jail.