A "loving mother" who was found naked in a street with her daughter’s severed head in a plastic bag will not be jailed.

Tatiana Pyanova, 38, "did not realise her actions" when she stabbed and beheaded her “adored” only child Kristina, 13, a court ruled.

She has now been hospitalised in a psychiatric clinic.

Her shocked neighbours in Kharkiv, Ukraine said her macabre actions were totally out of character.

The cleaner was arrested in April after she was seen in the street brandishing a knife in one hand.

In her other hand, she was clutching a plastic bag containing the severed head of her teenage daughter.

Her daughter's body was found with 20 stab wounds.

She had been accused of the premeditated murder of a child, a crime with a penalty of life imprisonment.

But a court has now ruled the mum was "suffering from a chronic mental illness, which made it impossible for her to realise her actions".

Prosecutor's spokesman Dmitry Chubenk said: "The court decided to forcibly hospitalise the woman in a strict-regime psychiatric clinic."

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If the treatment proves to be successful, she will be eligible for release.

A neighbour said the mum and daughter were close before the killing.

Another said she would "move a mountain" for the girl, adding: "They went on holiday together. They cooked for each other.

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"Tatiana always attended all school events."

One woman who knew the family said: "I don't believe that Tatiana could do that, I don't believe it."

A law enforcement statement at the time said: "When they arrived at the scene, police found a citizen in an inadequate condition.

"In one hand she held a knife, in the other a package containing a severed female head.

"The woman refused to explain anything to police officers."

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