51-Year-Old Mom Digs Tunnel to Rescue Son From Prison
A Ukrainian mother faces imprisonment after digging a 35ft-long tunnel to free her son from prison.
ZAPORIZHIA, UKRAINE — A Ukrainian mother faces imprisonment after digging a 35ft tunnel to free her son from prison.
A 51-year-old unnamed woman faces imprisonment after she single-handily dug her way into prison to help her son escape, who is serving a life sentence for murder.
The woman rented a house by the jail in southern Zaporizhia.
As seen in the photographs taken by Ukrainian police, she used shovels and pickaxes to dig a 10ft-deep tunnel in a nearby field; the tunnel then ran for 35ft underground to just under the prison walls.
According to local news, the woman drove to the dig site on an electric scooter and only worked on the tunnel at night in an attempt to avoid detection.
A jail guard said that she had dumped around three tons of earth by the time she was caught, three weeks after starting her project.
To further avoid attracting attention, the woman stayed indoors during the day and when a shopkeeper was shown her photo, he didn't recognize her; that's according to the Ukrainian TV station, TSN.
A resident of the area suggested the woman might be the daughter of a miner, as she dug three meters deep without an excavator. The mother has also been hailed as a 'real mother' for her act of bravery and relentless attitude to not abandoning her son.
No further details are available at this time.
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