A 27-year-old woman allegedly strangulated her seven-month-old daughter in southeast Delhi’s Hazrat Nizammudin as she believed the baby was responsible for her family’s hardships, the police said on Saturday.

The mother of the baby girl, Adiba khan, tried to pass off the murder as an accident. The incident reportedly took place on August 20. She has now been arrested by the Delhi Police.

Khan initially told the police that her daughter drowned in a bucket of water at their residence, DCP (Southeast) Chinmoy Biswal said.

After confessing to her crime, she told the police that she believed the infant was responsible for the family’s medical and financial problems.

The accused and her husband had rushed the baby to a hospital where she was declared brought dead. The doctors at Moolchand Hospital had alerted the police that a baby girl had been brought dead by her parents.

While the parents claimed that their daughter died after drowning, the police noticed that there were marks on the neck. The body of the infant was then sent to All India Institute for Medical Sciences (AIIMS) for port-mortem.

The post-mortem report stated that the cause of death was fatal pressure on the neck, the DCP said.

Khan used a dupatta to strangulate the baby. After strangulating her daughter, the accused put her body inside a bucket of water to show that she died due to drowning, the DCP said.

(With agency inputs)