Step-granny flings toddler to death from 6th-floor flat
Mumbai: Two days after a two-year-old girl was found dead in the compound of a Malad (East) society, her stepgrandmother was arrested on Monday for flinging her off their sixth-floor flat.
Rukhsana Ansari, the 50year-old accused, told the police she was not happy with the child, Zia, and would frequently reprimand her. Rukhsana’s grandson, also a toddler, and Zia would get into tiffs while playing and this would anger the accused. Zia’s post-mortem report alerted the police that something was amiss as her injuries were inconsistent with that from a fall.
Zia lived in a joint family with her parents and grandparents at Kurar Village. Recently, her aunt and her two-year-old son had started staying with them. Her father works in a cellphone shop and her grandfather is a garment seller.
Her post-mortem report revealed a skull fracture and injuries on both sides of the body below the armpits. “When we examined Zia’s sixth-floor flat, the door and windows were shut. This meant the child couldn’t have fallen off accidentally. Some family member had flung her and shut the windows thereafter,” said DCP D S Swami. Police recreated the crime with a dummy. They interrogated the family separately for 12 hours.
“Rukhsana confessed, saying she flung the child from the kitchen window at 5.30am,” added the officer.