A 30-year-old man in India allegedly strangled his 21-day-old baby to death Tuesday after a fight with his wife.

The incident took place in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh. The accused, who has been identified as Shushil Pal, got into a heated argument with his wife just days after she gave birth to a baby girl, following which the woman went to her parents' house in a nearby village with the infant.

The couple, who had frequent arguments, then started fighting on the phone Tuesday, Jagran reported [Google Translate showed]. After talking on the phone, Pal went to his wife's parents' house to settle scores with her.

In a fit of rage, Pal strangled their baby to death and tried to flee the village. However, the police immediately arrived at the scene and arrested him. The accused told the police his wife – identified as Sunita Devi – "did not hear out his problems," and that they both fought frequently.

"Cops are also checking whether the accused is ‘mentally stable or not,'" a senior police officer told The Times of India, adding, "The police have been talking to the parents of the accused and his relatives to find out more details about him."

A case has been filed, and an investigation is underway. The charges placed against the accused have not been revealed.

Earlier this month, a father allegedly killed his 8-year-old boy by thrashing him with a stick for not having dinner. The police detained the child's father, while an autopsy was conducted on the child.

The deceased boy, Saurabh Bhool, was living with his family in Rajkot, a city in the western Indian state of Gujarat. Bhool was brought to a hospital after he suffered convulsions and was pronounced dead. The doctors examined the boy's body and found several injuries on him.

"His father confessed that he had thrashed his son but it is very unlikely that the kid died due to that incident. Therefore, we conducted a forensic post-mortem (autopsy). Once the report comes we will lodge a complaint," a police officer told The Times of India at the time.

Crime scene police line | Representational Image
Crime scene police line | Representational Image GETTY IMAGES / SCOTT OLSON