A brutal father allegedly confessed to killing his one-and-a-half-year child hoping docs would offer to harvest the baby’s organs and he would get paid.
He allegedly committed the murder by giving the child lethal doses of methadone – a strong painkiller.
He believed he could get a substantial amount of money when the child was declared brain dead, and the organs could be sold off.
The man – not named in local media – reportedly went into hiding after the alleged murder of the 19-month old baby in the city of Karaj, in Alborz Province, Iran.
He took the child to the hospital with the alleged intention of having doctors declare it brain dead and afterwards to sell its body parts.
But because the baby died under extremely suspicious circumstances, doctors called police and handed its body over for an autopsy.
Forensic examiners were quickly able to determine the toddler had overdosed on painkillers.
Meanwhile, the father along with the baby’s mother – both wanted by police for previous crimes – escaped and went into hiding.
The head of Alborz Provincial Intelligence Police, Colonel Mohammad Naderbeigi, said in a statement obtained by Newsflash: “The preliminary investigations of the detectives indicated that a hard-hearted father made his 19-month-old child unconscious by feeding it methadone, and after transferring it to the hospital, he intended to sell its body parts.”
However, the child had died and the statement continued: “After the body of this innocent child was transferred to the medical examiner and the cause of its death was determined, the sinister purpose of this heartless father was revealed.”
Police reportedly discovered the couple’s hiding location and organised an arrest operation, after which they were placed into custody.
The two allegedly tried denying the crime at first, and claimed the child found the methadone pills in a closet and accidentally swallowed them.
But upon further interrogations, they reportedly admitted to the murder.
The two were charged with murder and are currently awaiting trial.