A four-year-old boy died after being allegedly beaten up by his mother’s paramour in Mumbra area of the district, police said on Sunday.
The boy’s 27-year-old mother had divorced her husband about three years back and lived in Kausa area of Mumbra along with her three children, including two daughters and the victim, police inspector D M Patil said.
The accused, Ameer Sayyed alias Billa, who has a criminal record, developed intimacy with the boy’s mother three months back and used to frequent her house, he said.
However, he felt that the three children were a hindrance in his relationship with the woman and used to frequently beat them up, Patil said quoting a complaint filed by the victim’s mother last night.
On June 8, the boy started vomiting after having breakfast. An irritated Sayyed then beat up the boy severely following which the child became unconscious. When one of the boy’s sisters came to rescue him, the accused thrashed her also leaving her with a fractured hand, he said.
He then threatened the family members with life if they revealed the incident to anyone.
Later, the woman took the children to hospital and lied to the doctors that the boy had fits and fell down injuring himself. She also said that her daughter, who went to help him, too fell down and sustained injuries.
The boy died at Sion hospital in the wee hours, he said.
The boy’s mother subsequently filed a complaint with police who sent the body for postmortem which revealed head injuries, he said.
Based on the medical report and the complaint, police last night registered offences under sections 302 (murder), 325 (voluntarily causing grievous hurt) and 506(2) (criminal intimidation) of the IPC against the accused, Patil said adding that a manhunt was launched to nab him.