A grandmother has been accused of drowning her grandson in a bathtub to avoid being ashamed of being “born out of wedlock.”
Beant Dhillon, 44, has been charged with first-degree murder as prosecutors allege she killed the newborn child of her 15-year-old daughter in November 2018.
Dhillon, of California, USA, appeared in court this week where she tearfully testified that she thought her daughter was ending her life when she locked herself in the family bathroom.
Only after the baby’s father opened the door did the new grandmother realize that her daughter was pregnant.
Prosecutors have accused Dillon, along with her cousin and her now-deceased husband, of burying the child in the backyard of their home, Crime Online reported.
The grandmother is said to have murdered her grandson to protect the family from the shame they would face in the local Sikh community when he was born out of wedlock, KGET reported.
Police said Dhillon previously confessed to killing the baby by drowning him in a bathtub – but they claimed she made a false confession during the trial.
Defense lawyers argued Monday that the baby died shortly after birth due to a lack of prenatal care, and claimed the child bled to death due to complications with the umbilical cord.
Dhillon’s daughter, who was 15 years old at the time of the birth, testified last week that she had hidden her pregnancy from her family.
She claimed that shortly after giving birth in the bathroom, someone took her son and later told her they had been adopted.
The daughter said she learned her son was dead when her father, Jagsir Singh, threatened to kill her in an argument.
Singh pointed to the backyard and revealed that the newborn was buried there.
The daughter alerted police after the argument and authorities arrested Dhillon after Singh found the newborn’s body in a 2-foot grave.
Singh was charged with aiding murder and committed suicide in December 2019, according to reports.
The process continues.