Stepmother Drowns Toddlers, Claims Snake Bite Killed Them

A woman in the Sharam Village in Rajasthan, India was arrested for drowning two toddlers in a tub, says Latin Times. According to the outlet, the woman originally claimed the children died from a poisonous snake bite. Shortly after burying their bodies, however, the family and local authorities learned the tragic truth.

Times of India reports the woman, Durga, married Badri, the childrens' father, two years prior after Badri's previous wife left him for another man. His children, Nisha and Vishal, remained in the custody of Badri and Durga after their mother left. According to Latin Times, the children were "routinely left in Durga's care" as Badri commuted to and from the state of Gujarat for work.

Though the children had been left with Durga many times before, she did the unthinkable on June 3, and drowned them both in a plastic tub, says the outlets. She later told Badri's father a poisonous snake had killed his grandchildren and, believing her, the family buried the bodies of both children.

But both outlets report that Badri's father became suspicious of Durga's behavior in the days following the death of the children. On June 5, the family said she disappeared for the day without telling them. The next day, after she returned, Badri's father pressured her, and she tearfully confessed to drowning the children, says Latin Times. The family then notified the Ramsagada Police Station and police arrested her on Monday.

Said Deputy Superintendent of Police Rameshwar Lal via Times of India: "The incident happened on June 3, however, we got the report Monday by the kids' grandfather Chhagan who said his daughter-in-law killed his grandchildren by drowning them. The bodies were exhumed in the presence of the SDM and sent for autopsy. The FSL team has also been called to collect samples, an investigation is underway. The accused has been detained for interrogation."

According to multiple reports, Durga told the family the reason she drowned the children was she no longer wanted the responsibility of raising them. Times of India also reports via sources close to the family Durga eventually wanted to have her own children but was worried they would not receive as much attention or be as important to Badri as his own children. This concern, coupled with limited land assets, are believed to be additional motivators behind the drownings.

Woman arrested for drowning two toddlers
An Indian woman was arrested Monday for drowning two toddlers. She originally claimed the kids died from a poisonous snake bite; however, she later told family members what she'd done when the children's grandfather pressured her for answers. Oleksandr Filon/Getty