Mother poisons 3 daughters, commits suicide

Tirupati: A 35-year-old woman allegedly committed suicide after giving milk laced with pesticide to her three daughters, including a five-month-old infant, near here on Tuesday, police said.

The family, hailing from Ambattur in Chennai, had arrived last evening and checked into a cottage of Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanam administering the Lord Venkateswara shrine.

According to police, Krishnaveni made her daughters -- Sukaveni (11), Sneha (7) and the infant -- consume milk mixed with pesticide and later she too drank it this morning.

The incident came to light when Sneha, unable to bear the pain in her throat and stomach, rushed out of the room and cried for help. A TTD employee on duty alerted the police.

By the time police arrived, the woman and her eldest daughter were dead. The infant and Sneha died in hospital.

Police traced the woman's relatives with the help of a mobile phone found in the cottage.