Mother ‘kills newborn baby & son, 3, jumping 190ft to her death with kids in her arms’ after postnatal depression battle

A MUM allegedly jumped 190ft to her death clutching her newborn baby and toddler son in her arms after a battle with postnatal depression.

Tragic Olga Zharkova and her two sons aged just three years old and one month died after plunging from a 19th floor flat in Moscow.

She is suspected to have suffered from acute postnatal depression before taking her own life and killing her children in the horror 190ft fall, say investigators.

The mother, the wife of a Russian military officer, held her young kids in her arms as she fell.

She had reportedly written a note saying she did not want to leave her children in this "hard, gloomy world”.

“She complained to her acquaintances that she had postnatal depression,” a law enforcement source told Komsomolskaya Pravda,

“She felt lonely and tired."

Her husband was treated for shock when he arrived at the scene.

The Russian Investigative Committee has opened a murder probe into the deaths of the two children.

A “postmortem psychiatric analysis” will be conducted on the mother, according to reports.

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