In a shocking incident, a five-year-old child was murdered by his own mother because she was upset with his bed-wetting.
The suspect, a 25-year-old single mother from West Jakarta, Indonesia, was arrested after being accused of fatally torturing her own son, Kompas, a local news website reported.
"The suspect was angry and then carried out punishments that far exceeded the norm, which had fatal consequences," West Jakarta Police Chief, Roycke Langie said during a press conference at the West Jakarta Metro Police Headquarters on Sunday (12 November).
The child's mother confessed that over the past couple of months she had been upset with her son's bed-wetting, Roychke said. As punishment, she tied her son's hands and legs with a raffia rope, sprayed a mosquito repellent on his face and covered it with a plastic bag in order to stop him from crying.
After the child lost consciousness, the mother took him to a nearby hospital, where he was pronounced dead on arrival. Doctors even found bruises on the child's body, police said.
Police found a red plastic bag, which was used to cover the child's head, at the victim's house. They also found a black plastic strap, a spray insecticide, and a pair of scissors, which will be used as evidence.
The mother has been charged with violating the Law of the Republic of Indonesia related to Child Protection and could be jailed for up to 15 years.
Another incident of mosquito repellent poisoning
Earlier in August, a 13-year-old schoolgirl from India poisoned another girl with a mosquito repellent. The class eight student sprayed the toxin into her classmate's water bottle because the latter had scored more marks in a school test, police in India, said.
The victim who began vomiting after drinking the water from the bottle was rushed to a nearby hospital where her condition was declared to be stable. In her testimony to police, the victim said she believed her classmate tried to poison her because she scored higher marks than the accused.