In a shocking incident, a woman allegedly murdered her premature baby boy by drowning him in a water drum at Moosarambagh on Monday. Without revealing to her husband that she had killed the baby, the accused, Vijaya (21), took him to the police station to file a complaint that her baby had been abducted. Police said Vijaya pushed her 45-day-old son, who was suffering from heart and brain-related problems since birth, in the drum at Moosarambagh around Sunday midnight. She walked into Malakpet police station three hours later with her husband Bhaskar Naik alleging that two strangers abducted their son after barging into their house.

“We went to her house to investigate. While Vijaya claimed they bolted the door of the house from inside, we could not find any signs of forcible entry which raised suspicions over her theory,” Malakpet Inspector N. Satyanarayana said. “Though Vijaya, her husband and mother-in-law discussed on how to pool in money for treatment of the baby, she was dejected over financial difficulties and killed the boy when others slept,” the Inspector said. She was arrested on murder charge.

She gave birth to the boy on September 13. , his wife gave birth to a boy at Government Maternity Hospital in Nayapool in Old City. “Due to premature birth, the baby was suffering from heart and brain ailments. After five days, they shifted the baby to Niloufer hospital,” the Inspector said.

As the doctors said it would take four to five months more for the baby to become normal, they brought it home two days ago. By then they had already spent Rs. 70,000 for treatment of the baby.

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