A 14-year-old boy in Kerala was strangled by his own mother, who burnt his body and dumped his charred remains near their home in Kollam, the police said yesterday.
The next day, Jaya Mol went with her husband Job John to the police to file a missing report for the teenager, Jithu Job.
The police noticed far too many contradictions in her story. Jaya Mol could not explain why she had burn marks on her hand. Then Jithu's slipper was found behind the house.
A search on Wednesday led the police to the body of the Class 9 student about 200m from the Jobs' two-storey house. As the body was taken away on a stretcher, scores of villagers watched, many in disbelief.
After several hours of interrogation, 42-year-old mother confessed to a chilling crime that has left relatives and neighbours in shock.
During an argument, she allegedly lost her temper and strangled her son with her dupatta. She took his body to the backyard, the police say, burnt the body with dry leaves and coconut fibre, threw the burnt remains over the boundary wall and then dragged it away from the house.
"She confessed that she dragged his body to the rear of her compound, burnt it and threw it across the wall. She then dragged the body from right outside the compound wall few metres away," Kollam police commissioner A Sreenivas told NDTV.
When Job John returned home on Monday, Jaya said their son had gone to the shop to buy stationery. After several hours, the next morning, the couple went to the police.