The Kherwadi Police on Friday arrested a 35-year-old woman for putting poison in his 9-year-old son’s food and eventually strangulating him in 2013,
reportedly for being too mischievous.
A forensic report received by the police three years after the minor’s death helped nail his mother Neha Choughule.
Choughule, who lied that her son had passed out after vomiting blood, had, in fact, changed him into a fresh set of clothes, put his old clothes to wash and thrown the bottle of poison before proceeding to wait for two hours with the body of her child for her husband to return home. The crime was committed on March 30, 2013.
Police said Neha had received several complaints regarding Amey’s behaviour from his school and neighbours in Government Colony, Bandra (East) where she stayed with her husband Gajanan Choughule (39), a clerk at Mantralaya. The couple have an older daughter too.
According to information given to the police in 2013, Neha had served Amey food in the afternoon and he began to vomit after eating it. Neha allegedly told the police that her son had vomited four times, and the last time he had thrown up blood. She claimed to the police that she rushed him to Shivam Hospital, Agarwal Hospital and Gurununanak Hospital one after the other, and that doctors at each hospital had declared Amey dead on arrival. The police had registered case of accidental death.
On Thursday, however, the police received a report from the Kalina Forensic Sciences Laboratory, which had analysed the viscera samples and examined the post-mortem report. The FSL concluded that Amey had died due to poisoning and throttling.”
“We dug out the old case files, made inquires at the Government Colony and called the parents to tell them about the report. Once the forensic report concluded that the death was unnatural, we suspected the mother because she was the only other person at home at that time,” said Sujata Patil, Senior Inspector, Kherwadi police station.
After killing her son, Neha allegedly tossed the bottle of poison out of the window of her home before changing Amey’s clothes. “We had found four pairs of Amey’s clothes in the washing machine. Why would anyone wash clothes when their son is dying?” she asked.
Police also said that Neha had allegedly called Gajanan an hour later to tell him that Amey was sick and then waited another hour with her son’s body until her husband reached home.
“We will speak to her again and verify the motive,” said Virendra Mishra, deputy commissioner of police, Zone VIII. Neha was remanded in police custody till January 27.