CHENNAI: A four-year-old child was allegedly murdered by a woman who was in an extra-marital relationship with the child's father on Sunday evening.
Police said the accused Asha, 30, was alone with Goshika in the house on Chennai's outskirts in Kundrathur when she forced the child's head into a bucket full of water and killed her.
Asha is said to have recently got pregnant by Goshika's father Dharmalingam, an advocate by profession and aged 32.
She allegedly killed the child because Dharmalingam had told Asha that only Goshika, who was born to his estranged wife, would inherit all his property, not Asha's child.
"Recently, Asha learnt she was pregnant with Dharmalingam's child and informed him. The duo had a fight and Dharmalingam told he would give all his property only to his daughter Goshika. Angered by this, on Sunday when Asha and the child were alone at home, she allegedly plunged the child's head into a bucket full of water and killed her," said the police officer investigating the case.
Dharmalingam was married to Jayanthi five years ago and the duo had a child Goshika. However, two years ago the couple separated and the child stayed with the mother but would visit her father every weekend.
Similarly, on Friday Goshika had come to her father's house. Asha, a divorcee, was also staying in the house after she and Dharmalingam were into a relationship.
Dharmalingam who had gone to meet a client had returned home at around 7 pm and found the child unconscious and informed Jayanthi. The child was rushed to the hospital where they declared her brought dead.
The police have arrested Asha and further investigations are on.
In another similar incident reported on Friday, a neighbor had killed a four-year-old child by forcing a four-year-old child's head into a bucket of water due to the previous enmity with the victim's parents at Villivakkam in Chennai.