Byculla-based builder, Akil Khakre, 47, brought home a girl to save her from a life on the streets. But he didn’t know that the girl would repay his kindness by trying to kill his one-year-old son.
Upset over being scolded, the 13-year-old house help, whose identity has been withheld, allegedly flung Khakre’s son Rehan from the terrace flat of a four-storey building on Sunday morning, the police said.
The boy survived but is in a critical condition and is in the intensive care unit (ICU) of Prince Aly Khan Hospital.
The girl, who hails from Bihar, was arrested by the Nagpada police on charges of attempt to murder and has been sent to Dongri Children’s Home.
According to the police, three days ago, Khakre’s wife had shouted at the girl for breaking a glass plate while cleaning the utensils at their house in Honda Mansion.
Already upset about the scolding, the girl got more agitated while baby-sitting Rehan on Sunday. When the child refused to stop crying, she took him to the terrace attached to the house and hurled him from there.
A few children playing in the building compound saw Rehan lying in a pool of blood and alerted the watchman, who in turn informed Khakre.
“It is a miracle that the boy survived. The girl confessed saying that she was furious with Rehan’s parents for scolding her,” said Sanjay Kadam, senior inspector, Nagpada police station.
Khakre had brought the girl home eight days ago, the police said. “He had seen the child roaming with a beggar woman. Khakre said he felt bad and decided to help her by educating her,” said Kadam.
“The Khakres claim that she was not the maid and would sometimes assist them in the domestic chores. We may take action against them if we find out that they had employed a minor.”