Bhubaneswar: A group of miscreants crushed a child to death in a bid to rape his mother in Odisha, police said on Thursday.
The brutal crime was committed Wednesday night by at least three people at Ghasian village in Bolangir district, nearly 400 km from here.
The incident came to light when the child was found dead and residents and the victim Thursday demanded police action against the offenders.
According to inspector Sanatan Mohananda, the miscreants were in an inebriated condition forcibly entered into the hut when the 45-year-old victim was sleeping with her five minor children and husband.
Her youngest son who was one-and-a-half-years-old was sleeping close to her. The miscreants beat up her husband when he protested the attempted rape of his wife, Mohananda told a news agency.
The family jointly prevented the rape but during the scuffle the baby suffered injuries and died, the official said.
Police said the woman and her family belonged to the neighbouring Chhattisgarh and migrate often in search of livelihood.