Police in Guyana have arrested an eight-month pregnant woman who reportedly admitted to strangling her seven-year- old son with a bed sheet on Sunday night.

Sonia King, age 28, was arrested at her West Bank Demerara home on Tuesday night after police received a tip off that the child was murdered.

Emanuel King was pronounced dead at the West Demerara Hospital on Monday after his mother belatedly took him there. She initially told police and other relatives that the child fell and injured himself, but no one really bought her story.

Crime Chief Wendell Blanhum confirmed that the woman was arrested after she could no longer live with the guilt and confided in her husband that she had strangled the child. He subsequently informed the police.

There are reports that the child was beaten by other persons in the home the night before he died.

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