A woman in India’s southwestern Karnataka state admitted to murdering her 78-year-old adoptive mother because she claimed she was being restrained from leading the life she wanted, according to police.
The elderly victim’s son, identified as Srinivas, discovered his mother Muniyamma dead inside her residence in the town of Sarjapur Saturday morning, newspaper the Times of India reported.
Miscreants allegedly had barged into the house at night and fatally hacked her, Chandramma, Muniyamma’s 38-year-old adopted daughter, told Srinivas.
Local police arrived at the scene after being informed of the discovery and found that the victim was hit with a machete on the left side of her head.
Authorities suspected Chandramma’s involvement in the incident upon investigation, but the adopted daughter repeated the story she told Srinivas after police picked her up.
While Chandramma initially maintained her innocence, according to Bangalore Rural district police superintendent Mallikarjun Baladandi, she later confessed to the crime.
Chandramma decided to kill Muniyamma, who had found the former abandoned as a 7-month-old baby 38 years ago, because her adoptive mother was restraining her from leading the life she wanted, according to the report.
Further investigation is underway to determine Chandramma’s exact motive.
In a recent similar story, a man in Ohio allegedly killed his mother and set the body on fire in the woods.
Officers from the Toledo Police Department were conducting a welfare check on 71-year-old Nancy Lewton at her home in south Toledo on the evening of Oct. 1 when they discovered the elderly woman’s body in a burned area behind her garage.
Nancy’s son, Travis Lewton, 31, was arrested following the discovery.
The younger Lewton reportedly attacked his mother after she came home from visiting a friend in Florida and choked her until she stopped breathing.
He then took the body down to the ravine behind his home, stuffed it in a sewer pipe and set it on fire, court documents showed.
Travis allegedly thought about killing his mother for around a week before the killing.
He was indicted on one count each of aggravated murder, murder, felonious assault, aggravated robbery, tampering with evidence and abuse of a corpse, local media outlet WTOL 11 reported.
The motive behind the killing was unclear, but neighbors claimed Travis “struggled” as a young man.