A mother has been arrested in northern Greece after her baby daughter, just eleven months old, was found dead in an irrigation dam, police said on Monday.
The 29-year-old suspect, whose name wasn’t provided by authorities, is due to appear before a public prosecutor later on Monday to face murder charges. Police rescuers found the baby’s body in the Aliakmonas Dam about 500 kilometers (310 miles) north of Athens.
The woman, who lives with her mother and grandfather in the town of Alexandria near the northern city of Veroia, was last seen with her child on New Year’s Eve and left the home after ordering a taxi.
On New Year’s Day, she returned to her home, but she could not explain the whereabouts of her child. The family reported the incident to the police, who took charge of the case.
Mother confesses leaving baby in the dam
Local news outlet InVeria reports that the mother was “betrayed” during her interrogation by the police. When asked about the whereabouts of the infant, she mentioned different places—always rivers and lakes. Finally, she confessed her heinous act.
She told police during questioning that she had left her daughter at the viewing area of the dam, eighteen kilometers (eleven miles) from her home, authorities said.
Police said the suspect had received psychiatric treatment at a public hospital in the past. Aliakmonas Dam is located just five kilometers from the ancient town of Vergina.