Katalin Erzsebet Bradacs, 44, is accused of stabbing her two-year-old son Alex nine times and dumping his body at the till of a Lidl in Italy after losing custody of her ex-partner.
A mother was arrested for the murder of her two-year-old son, whom she allegedly stabbed to death and left on a till in a Lidl supermarket.
Katalin Erzsebet Bradacs, 44, was arrested and placed in preventive detention after she was charged with the murder of her own young son, Alex Juhasz.
The former night club dancer entered a Lidl supermarket in the small town of Citta della Pieve in the central Italian region of Umbria on Friday.
Bradacs from Hungary is said to have called for help when she put her son’s bloody corpse on a cash register.
Alex was pronounced dead on the scene after he was found with nine stab wounds to his chest and neck.
Bradacs was also treated on the spot but was subsequently arrested by police after finding a knife in her purse.
A number of items, including the teen’s bloody T-shirt and the woman’s sweater, were found in a nearby disused building later that night.
The area was cordoned off by the police as part of their investigation.
Police said CCTV footage did not reveal any other suspects other than the child’s mother.
Detectives believe Bradacs was seeking revenge on Alex’s father, Norbert Juhasz, who was given custody by a Hungarian court last month.
Bradacs reportedly fled to Italy with the boy after the verdict, with witnesses claiming they mistreated the boy the day before he died.
It is alleged that Mr Juhasz alerted the Hungarian authorities to the stabbing after Bradacs sent him a picture of their dying son via WhatsApp before taking Alex to the supermarket.
Bradacs is currently being held for questioning by police, where they have denied the allegations against them and reportedly repeatedly told officers, “I did not kill my son.”
She also reportedly offered three conflicting versions of events before deciding to remain silent on the advice of her lawyer, Enrico Renzoni.
Bradacts had lived in the Tuscan town of Chiusi Scalo with a man who ran the now-closed nightclub where she had worked and with whom she had kept in touch.
She also has an 18 year old son who lives in Hungary and whose father has passed away.
The investigation continues.