Couple fought over 2-year-old daughter's custody following separation; kills daughter

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According to police, a 30-year-old man in Uttarakhand's Haridwar district reportedly killed his two-year-old daughter and then tried to slit his throat following a dispute with her mother about who would gain custody of her if they separated.

The little girl was found with her throat slit in Haridwar's Khala Teera village's sugarcane fields.

Kuldeep Rathi, the suspect, has been admitted to the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in Rishikesh, according to police. Pramod Uniyal, in charge of the Sidcul police station in Haridwar, said they have yet to arrest him and will send a team to the hospital as soon as possible.

According to police, Kuldeep Rathi, a truck driver, was living with a 26-year-old woman in a rented apartment in Haridwar's Roshanabad area. They had a daughter as well.

The couple's relationship had recently soured, and they were considering divorce. However, no agreement was reached over custody of their two-year-old daughter. Rathi is accused of killing his daughter and dumping of her body in a sugarcane field on Monday.

On Monday about 3 p.m., a villager on his way to cut grass spotted Kuldeep Rathi in the sugarcane field. Kuldeep had injury scars on his neck and was bleeding, according to the villager. He found the girl's body the next day while walking by the place where the body had been dumped. The villagers then called the cops.

Near the girl's body, police discovered two blades, a mobile phone, a pair of men's shoes, a T-shirt, and some cash.

The Sidkul police department started an investigation after registering a murder case.

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