A woman in India was arrested for strangling her newborn baby to death with an earphone cable.

The incident took place in the southern state of Kerala, and the woman was identified as 24-year-old Shahina. According to local reports, Shahina strangled her newborn baby and hid the body under a cot.

The incident, which took place on Dec. 15, came to light when the woman visited a hospital complaining of bleeding. Doctors examined her and said the bleeding was caused due to her delivering a baby. However, her family said they were unaware of the pregnancy.

Doctors reportedly asked the family members to search for the newborn at the home. The infant was later found dead wrapped in a cloth under the cot.

The police was called to the scene and the baby was taken to Kannur medical college hospital for an autopsy. The report revealed the child was killed with a cable, Daijiworld reported.

During questioning, the mother admitted to killing the baby after giving birth at home. She also said she did not inform her family about the pregnancy as she had conceived the child within a few months of having her first child.

Shahina told the police she thought everyone around her would insult her for getting pregnant within a short period of time. Because of this, she killed the baby immediately after its birth and had planned to dispose of its body later.

In November, a newborn baby girl was strangled to death by her parents inside a hospital. The incident took place in the central Indian state of Madhya Pradesh. The mother had taken the child to feed her, and when she did not return the baby, the hospital staff called up the father. The man said they would not return the baby as she had died. An autopsy later confirmed the newborn was strangled to death. The couple was arrested and booked under Section 302 (murder) for female infanticide of Indian Penal Code. The police also blamed the hospital for negligence.

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