In an attempt to remove a ‘curse’ that was haunting her family, a 35-year-old woman killed her nephew’s two-and-a-half-year-old son, by holding him down in a tub full of water.

The gruesome killing that took place on Tuesday in PV Colony, MKB Nagar, only came to light on Saturday, after a witness approached the police. Police said that the child, Gishnu, was the only son of Senthil Kumar, a mason, and Geetha, residents of 27th Street, PV Colony.

Maheswari, Senthil’s aunt, lived in a portion of the couple’s home, and used to look after Gishnu when his parents were out.

On Tuesday, both Senthil and Geetha were not at home. In the afternoon, neighbours heard Maheswari raise an alarm, saying that Gishnu had accidentally drowned in a 3-ft. plastic tub, in the bathroom of a neighbour, Sophia. He was rushed to a nearby hospital, where he was pronounced dead.