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Police in India arrested a man on Thursday, accusing him of murdering his wife and young daughter by releasing a snake into the bedroom while they slept.
Investigators believe K Ganesh Patra, 25, committed the murders in early October in Adheigaon village, in Odisha’s Ganjam district, according to reporting from local news station INDIA TV.
At the time of the incident, Patra was reportedly having a dispute with his wife of three years, 23-year-old K Basanti.
According to police, Patra bought the snake from a local snake charmer, telling him he wanted the cobra for religious purposes.
They believe sometime on the night of Oct. 6, he released the venomous snake into the room where Basanti and daughter Debasmita, 2, were sleeping.
The next morning, Patra said he found his wife and daughter dead, with snake bites on their body, according to The Daily Mail.
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