- "She made an utterly convincing Baba Yaga, no doubt of that, with her stringy gray hair falling across her clenched, tangled eyebrows, her crow-bright glare."
- ―Ekaterin meeds Ma Roga[src]
A few years after her return, she discovered a clearing where mutie babies were abandoned to die; she took to collecting the infants and raising them as best she could. Most did not survive long, but two who did were Jadwiga and Ingisi. The locals quit leaving infants there once lift-van clinics began serving the last of the hamlets to the west of the area.
The District rangers knew of her home, but felt no need to explain her presence to the District authorities. When Ekaterin Vorkosigan discovered the home and children (with Jadwiga likely to die of cancer in a short time), she made plans to take them out of the area. Ma Roga responded badly to this news; setting fire to her hut and attempting to kill her son Boris and the two children.