A one-and-a-half-year-old baby, Nandini, was allegedly done to death and her mother Rajeswari (38) was grievously injured by Vandimalayan (22) at Paraikadu under Murappanadu police limits on Tuesday evening.
Vandimalayan is the son of Chellapandi, a native of Nattarkulam, who was living with Rajeswari after Vadimalayan’s mother deserted him.
A family dispute might be the cause of the brutal attack on the woman and her daughter, sources said.
Vandimalayan allegedly flung the baby on a wall and stabbed Rajeswari with a knife. Rajeswari is battling for her life at Tirunelveli Government Medical College Hospital. Vandimalayan is absconding.