Chennai: A four-year boy was reportedly murdered by his mother’s live-in partner on Thursday.
The victim identified as Arun was the son of 27-year-old widower Ganga a native of Karnataka, TNIE reports.
According to reports, the widow got into a live-in relationship with Venkatesan aged 30 years two years ago.
The accused is a native of Bengaluru. Both the parties were working as daily wage labourers, and staying at an under-construction site in Sithalapakkam.
For the first time, Ganga left her child Arun with Venkatesan and went to her native village a week ago.
Meanwhile, the accused admitted the kid to Egmore children’s hospital on December 2 stating the boy had fallen and injured himself. Hearing the news, the mother rushed back to her son.
“Venkatesan told Ganga the child slipped and fell while playing. However, he succumbed to injuries on Thursday, raising doubts about the claims,” said police sources.
The accused after Arun’s death absconded and also switched off his cell phone which made the victim’s mother suspicious.
Soon after, Venkatesan went absconding. His was phone was also switched off.
The victim’s approached the police over her suspicions about the accused and lodged a complaint.
An investigation into the case revealed that left side ribs of the boy were fully broken which is not normal.
“Doctors say bones will not break like this if it’s an ordinary fall. It’s likely that Venkatesan crushed the boy in drunken stupor or he intentionally murdered the child,” cops said.
The accused is on the run while the cops are on the lookout for the suspect.