A woman has been arrested under suspicion of fatally poisoning her 15-month-old granddaughter.
Charged with homicide, the grandmother is alleged to have given her infant grandchild a lethal dose of hydrochloric acid in the northern Mexican state of Chihuahua.
According to local reports, the poisoning occurred on 18th February and the baby suffered the effects of the lethal intake for more than two weeks before succumbing. The young girl identified only as Bethsaida was also dealing with chickenpox at the same time.
Authorities claim that the mother left Bethsaida with her grandmother while she went to collect her eldest daughter from school, and upon her return she found the infant with blood in her mouth.
Bethsaida was immediately taken to a nearby community hospital but was transferred to the regional Camargo Hospital due to the severity of her condition, where she passed away.
The investigation has centred around a conversation the suspect had with the baby’s grandfather shortly before being left alone with Bethsaida for a brief period of time, which is when the authorities believe she administered the corrosive acid.
The Special Prosecutor’s Office for the Attention of Violent Crimes Committed against Women (FEM), part of the Federal General Attorney’s Office, assumed responsibility for the case and presented relevant evidence to a judge, which led to the suspect’s prompt arrest.
She has since been transferred to Chihuahua City, the capital of Chihuahua, and is currently awaiting trial.
The names and ages of the adults involved in the case were not reported.