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Deranged woman drowns baby in washing machine

Alappuzha: A mentally unstable woman allegedly drowned her eight-month-old baby in a washing machine at her home at Cherthala in Kerala on Friday.

The incident occurred on Friday evening when the infant’s father and elder sister were away. Suma, 40, — said to be undergoing psychiatric treatment — turned up on her own at the women’s cell of the Town police station in Alappuzha and confessed to the crime, police said.

Suma told police that she killed the child when her husband John was away at his work place and she had told her elder daughter to go to her grandparent’s home after the school hours as she would be spending some time in the church.

By the time the police broke into the locked house, the baby had died and the body was found floating in the water. The accused will be produced in court on Saturday.

The neighbours said Suma had always kept aloof from them and there were rumours that she had attempted to commit suicide by cutting nerves on her hand a few months ago.

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