Step-granny flings tod­dler to death from 6th-floor flat

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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.

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