Cops free ‘baby-throwing’ Russian couple

This videograb shows the Russian man swinging his child during his stunt act along Jalan Bukit Bintang, Kuala Lumpur.

PETALING JAYA: Police have released on bail the Russian couple detained for tossing their four-month-old baby during a street stunt.

Dang Wangi Criminal Investigation Department chief M Gunalan confirmed this with NST Online today.

Doctors had also examined the baby and found nothing wrong, the report added.

“The case is being investigated by the Federal Child Investigation Centre (D11).”

The couple, aged 27 and 28, were arrested at 2.30pm yesterday.

Checks by FMT showed that video clips shared on social media, showing a man flinging his baby about during a street acrobatic show, were real.

His wife was seen cheering from the sidelines as onlookers watched in horror.

When contacted, the man, who only wanted to be known as Mikhail, had defended his baby-throwing act, saying these were acrobatic moves that served as “exercise” for their son.

Mikhail and his wife, both here on a month-long tourist visa, even claimed that their child enjoyed the “exercise”.

The Russian embassy in Kuala Lumpur also criticised the couple.

CNN reported that the performance appeared to have been inspired by the controversial Russian practice of baby dynamics yoga, or baby swinging yoga.

The couple is said to have just arrived from Thailand.