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Delhi: 5-yr-old girl, 6-month-old sister smothered to death by ‘mentally ill’ mother

Police said the mother allegedly suffered from mental illness and claimed to have “divine visitations”. She lay down on her children during one such ‘visitation’, smothering them to death.

delhi Updated: Feb 24, 2018 00:01 IST
Press Trust of India, New Delhi
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The mother lay down on her young children, effectively suffocating and killing them.(Getty Images/iStockphoto)

Two minor girls were found smothered to death in the Moti Nagar area of west Delhi and their mother was named as the prime suspect in the case, police said on Friday.

The bodies of Nandini (5) and Akansha (six months) were found on Tuesday morning, they added.

The autopsy report pointed at smothering as the cause of the deaths, a senior police officer said.

The mother, Suman, allegedly suffered from mental illness and claimed to have “divine visitations”, he added.

“She is the prime suspect in the case and is presently undergoing counselling,” the officer said.

During investigation, it came to light that the woman had lay down on the girls during one of her so-called “divine visitations” on Monday night. The girls got smothered because of her weight on them, he said.

The father of the victims said he was asleep and found out about the incident the next morning, the officer added.

First Published: Feb 23, 2018 23:57 IST