A 27-year-old mother was arrested in Belgium after she reportedly cooked her 2-year-old daughter on a barbecue alive as part of a suicide bid.
The African descent woman was arrested in the Zemst town, which is located north of Brussels, in Belgium.
Neighbors called the authorities after they heard a girl screaming and seeing smoke coming out from the garage door.
Upon arriving, the police saw the woman cooking her own daughter alive on a charcoal grill.
When the police arrived, the remains of the child were fully burned.
When the police arrived at the scene, the woman told them “We both had to burn. That was the only way we could go to heaven together.”
According to the neighbors of the woman, the woman was depressed after she got divorced.
The woman was living with her mother when she burned the baby.
But the mother of the unnamed woman was not in the house when the incident happened.
Due to the mental state of the mother, the police did not interview the mother right away.
Hans Hellebuyck, a psychiatrist, said it is very hard to predict what goes through peoples’ minds in incidents like these.
The mother reportedly told the police that she started the fire because the soul only enters heaven if a body is cremated.
Hans said, “If the woman made such remarks and truly meant them, it is possible that she is mentally ill. I am not saying it is like that, but it is something which has to be taken into account.”