5-yr-old strangled to death by mother in Rampura
A five-year-old child was strangulated allegedly by her mother in Dhaka's Rampura area this afternoon.
The deceased was identified as Jhumur, daughter of Shompa Akter and Jasim Uddin, police said.
Shompa Akter, a mother of two who is also six months pregnant, had been going through mental issues for long, police said quoting family members.
Shompa's bother Jamal Uddin said his sister along with her daughter and son came to his house near Rampura's Kunjaban area from her residence in Savar for seeking treatment.
"Around 2pm, she took her daughter in the room and locked the door from inside. When we opened it, we found her on top of the baby and covering the baby's face with a pillow with one hand and punching the baby with the other," Jamal said.
When the family tried to save the child, her mother also hit them.
The family members later rescued the baby in an unconscious state and took her to Dhaka Medical College Hospital where the on-duty doctor declared her dead around 5:30pm, he said.
Inspector Bachchu Mia, in-charge of DMCH police outpost, said the family members while talking to police claimed that Shompa is a mentally challenged person and she killed her daughter.
Rafiqul Islam, officer-in-charge of Rampura Police Station, said they sent police personnel at DMCH to investigate the incident.