Dad allegedly kills toddler by throwing him in pond after argument with wife

A father in India is said to have killed his one-and-a-half-year-old daughter by throwing her into a pond out of anger after a fight with his wife.

The incident took place in the western state of Maharashtra on Wednesday. The defendant, identified as 30-year-old Jagannath Dhakne, was arrested by police, Republic World reported, citing Press Trust of India.

Dhakne – who lived with his wife and young daughter – reportedly worked on a farm. On Wednesday, he and his wife had an argument, after which he took his child away while she slept in a cot. He then walked near a pond and threw her into the water, police said. The woman, who has not been identified, did not know what happened to the child.

When his wife could not find her daughter in the cradle, she began to search for her. Dhakne also joined the search and pretended her daughter had disappeared.

A missing persons report was later filed at Chandanzira Police Station.

The police launched an investigation and began searching for the child. During questioning, police found that Dhakne’s schedule for the day was inconsistent and he changed his statements.

After further questioning by police, Dhakne admitted to throwing her in the pond.

A murder case has been registered against Dhakne, reported Dainik Bhaskar [Google Translate showed].

In July, a couple was arrested for murder for allegedly killing the man’s seven-month-old daughter from his first marriage. The duo also buried the child’s body to cover up the crime. The man allegedly killed his daughter after getting angry at his second wife’s taunts for failing to make their child cry. The incident happened in Lucknow, a city in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh. The incident came to light when the child’s birth mother, identified as Pramilla, filed a complaint about her missing daughter. After the child’s body was found, police performed an autopsy which revealed that the child had an antemortem head injury and a fracture to his left hand. The father confessed to the crime after being questioned by the police.

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