A woman who was alleged to have thrown her three-year-old youngest son to the Kalu Ganga was arrested by the Kalutara police Women’s and Children’s Bureau and was produced before the Kalutara additional magistrate. The woman was remanded till March 26 by the Kalutara Additional Magistrate Namal Perera.
She was arrested by a police team led by Kalutara police W&CB OIC police inspector Malka Thushari. The remanded woman was a 30-year-old mother of five children residing at the tsunami housing scheme in Panadura, Uyankele area.
She had told police that she was bringing up her five children with greatest difficulty since her husband was an alcoholic who harassed her.
She had told she tried to hand over the youngest child to a children’s home but she could not do so because the husband had kept the child’s birth certificate with him.
Last Thursday she had brought the child to Kalutara and tried to desert the child for someone to take in charge. She had said the child had followed her and later she wanted to commit suicide by jumping into the river with the child.
However, after some time the child had fallen asleep and the mother had thrown him to the river during that moment. The child was later saved by a truck driver who saw the child floating in the river and dived from the bridge to save him.
The three-year-old-child is undergoing treatment at the emergency care unit of the Colombo Lady Ridgeway children’s hospital.