The police said that their investigations have revealed some inconsistencies, with different family members giving contradictory statements

Baby boy found choked to death in Bengaluru family members suspected of murderRepresentational image
news Crime Monday, December 24, 2018 - 08:35

A 29-day-old baby boy, one of the two male twins born to C Karthik and Stella— residents of Neelasandra in central Bengaluru— was allegedly killed by one of his family members on Friday night. A post-mortem report has established that the boy died as a result of strangulation.

According to police, the couple was staying in an apartment in Neelasandra after moving out of Karthik’s paternal home in the same building following a family dispute. Karthik had converted to Christianity despite reservations from his family before his marriage with Stella.

Karthik is also currently unemployed after he recently left a catering company. It was Karthik who told the police that his brother or father could be behind the murder.

Ashok Nagar Police Station officers investigating the murder suspect the baby boy was killed as a result of a family feud. Police had so far grilled the baby’s father, uncle— Aravind (32) and grandfather Chittar Raj (64).  

In his complaint to the police, Karthik said on Friday evening around 5pm he had left the house to buy medicines. At that time, Stella was with their other child in the room, leaving the victim boy lying in a cot in the hall. But when Karthik returned, the couple could not find the baby he had left in the cot in the hall.

“My wife went into the bedroom to check on our elder son, who was with my mother. The younger one was on the cot in the hall. I stepped out to bring medicine for the child. I returned home by 5.45pm when my wife realised our younger son was missing,” Karthik said.

Following this, Karthik went to the police station and lodged a complaint. Based on that police came to the house and started searching for clues. They found the baby’s body below the cot hidden a pile of toys. Doctors at the Bowring Hospital declared the baby brought dead.

Investigations have then revealed some inconsistencies, police said with different family members giving contradictory statements.

“We are yet to get clarity in the case. We have to identify the motive behind the murder as well. There is a lot of confusion in the complaint filed by Karthik, so he is being questioned too. We are investigating all angles. CCTV camera footage from the area is also being analysed as part of the investigation,” D Devraj, DCP (Central) told Deccan Herald.

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