The incident came to light when residents heard the screams of the little boy during wee hours near the town panchayat office at Kannamangalam, which is located 20 km from Vellore. They also rushed out to the scene and found the boy Sabari (7) unconscious. Whey they questioned the women about the boy, they chased them away. Following it, the residents informed the police and called for an ambulance to save the boy. However, the emergency medical technician who arrived in the ambulance declared the boy as dead and immediately the police arrested the three women.