A six-year-old boy was allegedly beaten to death by his mother's live-in partner for having food at neighbour's house in Giriraj Vatika colony in Mathura, the police said on Tuesday.
Victim Dharmendra was thrashed to death on Sunday night by his mother-in-law's partner Rajendra, Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Rakesh Singh said.
On not getting any food, the boy went to their neighbour's house where he had food, which infuriated the accused.
Rajendra started beating the boy, after which he let the bot go to sleep. The minor was found dead in the morning, with the accused absconding from the scene, the SSP said.
The victim's mother, Meenakshi, was in a live-in relationship with Rajendra, a truck driver.
"Her two sons Jitendra (12) and the victim used to stay with them,"
"She went to her native place in Tikamgarh in Madhya Pradesh on Saturday leaving her sons behind with the accused", said the SSP.
The body has been sent for postmortem, police said, adding that an FIR has been registered in the matter. A search is on to nab the accused, they said.