The postmortem report of the 4-year-old son of Bengaluru CEO Suchana Seth revealed that he was smothered to death by a pillow or a cloth, a doctor told news reporters.
Hiriyur Taluk Hospital’s administrative officer Dr Kumar Naik told reporters that the child was strangled to death or “smothered” using a cloth or a pillow. The rigor mortis had resolved in the child, the doctor added.
According to the report, rigor mortis in India usually resolves after 36 hours. In the child’s case, there was no rigor mortis, indicating it had been more than 36 hours since his death. Naik added there was no blood loss or struggle marks on the body.
Seth, the chief executive officer (CEO) of an artificial intelligence start-up, was apprehended in Chitradurga, Karnataka, on Monday night night while she was on her way from Goa to Bengaluru, and the boy’s body was found in a suitcase. She was arrested on the directions of the Goa Police.
“He (the child) was strangled to death or what we call smothering. Either a cloth or a pillow was used. The child died due to strangulation. It doesn’t look like the child was strangulated using hands. It looks like a pillow or some other material was used. The Rigor mortis had been resolved in the child,” Hiriyur Taluk Hospital’s administrative officer Dr Kumar Naik told reporters.
“We cannot say the exact time but it has been 36 hours since his death,” Naik said.
Following the incident, Seth reportedly attempted suicide, as claimed by police citing preliminary findings on Tuesday. An official said after being apprehended she was transported to Goa on Tuesday and placed in police detention for six days by a court in Mapusa town.