Philly woman accused of murdering daughter almost gets out of jail on $30 bail

Kristen Johanson
November 20, 2019 - 7:34 am
Yelena Nezhikhovskaya

Philadelphia Police Department

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Authorities have just charged a Philadelphia woman with the murder of her daughter last year, but a city judge set bail for just $30.

Philly police officers were called to a home on Bustleton Avenue, near Grant Avenue last December, where they found 32-year-old Yulia Nezhikhovskaya, who was quadriplegic, dead.

They took her body for an autopsy and investigated for about a year. Officials say large amounts of sleeping pills and a Valium-like drug were found in the victim's body after her death, and since she could not move her arms, prosecutors believe her mother, Yelena Nezhikhovskaya, overdosed her because she was tired of caring for her.

They have now charged Nezhikhovskaya with third-degree murder, drug delivery resulting in death and tampering with evidence.

The 63-year-old had a bail hearing, where prosecutors asked for half a million dollars, but eventually Municipal Court Judge Marty Coleman set bail for just 10% of $300 — allowing Nezhikhovskaya out on $30 bail after being charged with third-degree murder. 

So prosecutors went to Common Pleas Court Judge Jeffery Minehart, and Nezhikhovskaya now remains behind bars until her preliminary hearing next month.