January 18, 2022

Steven Melovidov and Sophie Myers-Melovidov Accused of Killing Joshua Rukovishnikoff Months After Motherโ€™s Homicide

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A 2-year-old boy was killed by his guardians on a distant Alaskan island earlier this month, prosecutors mentionedโ€”two months after his father allegedly murdered his mom.

Steven Melovidov, 31, and Sophie Myers-Melovidov, 28, had been arraigned in Anchorage on Thursday on first- and second-degree homicide fees, together with a fourth-degree assault cost, within the Dec. 12 loss of life of 2-year-old Joshua Rukovishnikoff, in response to the Anchorage Daily News.

Prosecutors mentioned the couple, who dwell on distant St. Paul Island within the Bering Sea, hit the boy on the top and injured his genitals, resulting in a daylong hospital keep earlier than he was declared useless. The couple initially feigned ignorance about how the boy was injured, however textual content messages confirmed the caretakersโ€™ information at each level of the ordeal, in response to an Alaska State Trooper affidavit revealed Thursday.

Rukovishnikoff entered the Melovidov family in October after his father, Joshua Rukovishnikoff, was arrested after allegedly killing his mom, Nadesda Rukovishnikoff, by placing her in a chokehold throughout a violent struggle. It’s unclear what the kidโ€™s situation was within the Melovidovsโ€™ care till the late Dec. 11 medical name that acknowledged the boy was affected by seizures induced by a fall.

The toddler was transported late that night to St. Paul Well being Clinic. He was accompanied by Melovidov, who continuously communicated along with his spouse by means of the evening. As he informed officers what precipitated the boyโ€™s accidents, Myers-Melovidov appeared fearful their cowl can be blown.

โ€œHopefully medical doctors and nurses and whoever checks him gainedโ€™t name [the Office of Childrenโ€™s Services] or the police,โ€ย she wrote, as reported by the Daily News. โ€œPlease delete this textual content after you learn. Iโ€™m scared and apprehensive.โ€

Her husband reportedly reassured her that wouldnโ€™t be the case, letting her know the hospital would carry out a mind scan within the morning. Myers-Melovidov wasnโ€™t calmed. โ€œGees and weโ€™ve been hitting his head,โ€ she wrote again. โ€œPlease delete our texts now.โ€ The outcomes ultimately confirmed heavy inside bleeding within the toddlerโ€™s mind.

At that time, police had arrived on the Melovidov dwelling to talk with Myers-Melovidov and their 8-year-old daughter. Myers-Melovidov reportedly informed her husband she had begun crafting a sympathetic story to police, one the place Rukovishnikoff had hit his head on the bottom and the couple had known as for assist.

Rukovishnikoff died on Dec. 12. Two days later, police returned to the Melovidovsโ€™ dwelling to take photographs and converse to Myers-Melovidov once more, additional frightening her concern.

โ€œF—en aye man,โ€ she texted her husband, in response to the affidavit. โ€œThey higher not f—en put us in jail.โ€

The Melovidovsโ€™ story had additionally begun to shift, in response to the affidavit, as Myers-Melovidov informed her husband that their daughter knew to say that, โ€œin the event that they ever ask her questions. Simply inform them that we self-discipline and put him in trip.โ€

The two were eventually arrested Tuesday on homicide fees after Rukovishnikoffโ€™s post-mortem revealed a number of head and genital accidents. The coupleโ€™s bail was set at $250,000 every, together with a compulsory launch to a third-party custodian if they’ll submit the funds.

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