Police in Battambang province’s Phnom Proek district yesterday arrested a woman accused of killing her one-year-old daughter in order to prevent her ex-husband from taking custody of her.
Samrith Viseth, deputy Phnom Proek district police chief, identified the suspect as Ti Sokhy, 34, a farmer in Bour commune’s Phnom Prampei village.
According to police, the suspect’s husband left her for another woman when she was three months pregnant.
The husband came to the village on Tuesday evening to visit his daughter, with the intention of taking her to live with him and his new wife, Mr Viseth said.
Other villagers knew of his intentions and informed the suspect, Mr Viseth added.
“The suspect was angry at her ex-husband for abandoning her while she was three months pregnant and for never caring for the baby,” said Mr Viseth. “But after the child had grown up a bit, he wanted to take her.”
“The suspect killed her daughter by throwing her against the wall in her home before the ex-husband could take her,” he added. “The child died immediately at the house.”
Mr Viseth said the suspect fled and was arrested yesterday by local police.
Ms Sokhy has been accused of intentional murder and faces 10 to 15 years in prison if convicted.
The suspect is due to make her first court appearance today.