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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Suspect Blames Mother for Twins’ 8-Floor Fall

A military officer arrested on Friday on suspicion of throwing the 8-year-old twin daughters of his common-law wife out of an eighth-floor window said their mother had committed the act.

The girls, Dasha and Katya Lapuzina, survived the fall and have been hospitalized.

Captain-Lieutenant Nikolai Zakharkin, 31, said before a court hearing that he had learned about the fall from the girls’ mother, Irina Lapuzina, 27.

“I was asleep when she came to me and asked me to look out the window. The children were already there,” Zakharkin said, RIA-Novosti reported.

Investigators said Zakharkin sent Lapuzina a text message early Thursday morning saying, “You can say goodbye to Dasha and Katya,” when she didn’t return to their Moscow apartment and he suspected her of infidelity. He was intoxicated when police detained him.

The girls only survived because trees broke their fall from the apartment window and they landed on wet earth, not pavement, news reports said. Dasha was in intensive care with five broken ribs and a torn liver Sunday, while Katya suffered a ruptured spleen and had regained consciousness. Katya was asleep when she fell out of the window.

The Moscow District Military Court ordered Zakharkin’s arrest Friday.