A newborn baby was tragically found dead inside a water tank on the terrace of his maternal grandparent's residence at Anajpur village, under Abdullapurmet Police Station limits, just hours after he went missing on early morning Friday, June 18.

The horrific incident took place in Anjapur village on the outskirts of Hyderabad, India. The two-month-old boy, named Uma Maheshwar, was reportedly last seen sleeping with his mother, Latha, and his grandmother around 1 a.m Friday, June 18, when his mother woke up to go to the toilet.

When Latha woke up a few hours later at 4 a.m to feed the baby, he was found missing from his bed, despite the residence's doors reportedly found to have been latched from the inside, The Hindu reported.

Latha immediately alerted her husband, family members, and local residents, to begin a search for the newborn. The group cased the entire house and its surroundings to no avail.

Local police were summoned to the scene shortly and they launched a search operation of their own. A few hours later, however, the two-month-old boy's body was found stuffed inside a plastic bag floating inside a water tank on the roof of the house.

The small baby was immediately rushed to a nearby hospital but was pronounced dead on arrival, Vanasthalipuram ACP K Purushotham Reddy confirmed.

The newborn’s body has been turned over to the Osmania General Hospital morgue pending an autopsy. Investigators suspect that a member of the family is responsible for the unfortunate death of the newborn child. Latha, her parents, her uncle, and her aunt were the only people in the house when the alleged crime took place, the police said.

Police have taken the boy's paternal uncle into custody for questioning. Authorities said the man did not have any children of his own. With an official complaint filed by Latha, the Abdullapurmet Police have booked the case as murder under Section 302 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and an investigation regarding the crime is underway, Deccan Chronicle reported.

The deceased boy, Uma Maheshwar, was reportedly the only child of Latha and Tirumalesh, an autorickshaw driver, and was born 12 years after their wedding.

In a similar but unrelated incident, a 23-year-old man reported missing for over a month has been found dead inside the water tank of a building in south Mumbai, India, police confirmed Monday, June 21.

Police have reportedly arrested four suspects in connection with the crime, civilians from the Indian states of Bihar and Bengaluru, the Times of India reported.

The prime accused was reportedly being mocked by his neighbors in Bihar, saying that the victim was having an affair with his wife, police officers said.

Infuriated, on May 14, the prime suspect allegedly called the victim to meet at a building where renovation work was being undertaken. With the help of his friends who were laborers at the site, he allegedly bludgeoned the victim to death with a hammer and knife.

Following the mauling, the group dumped his body inside the water tank of the building and poured 25 kilograms of salt into the receptacle to delay the decomposition of the corpse. The suspects then fled to Bihar and Bengaluru, authorities confirmed.

Meanwhile, family members of the victim had reportedly filed a missing person complaint following which the four accused were tracked down and arrested last week by the city crime branch.

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A newborn baby was found dead inside a water tank on the terrace of his maternal grandparent's residence at Anajpur village under Abdullapurmet Police Station limits hours after he went missing on Friday, June 18, early morning. This is a representational image. PIXABAY

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