Police have arrested and charged the mother of a British-Sikh toddler who disappeared from his family’s apartment in Edinburgh on Wednesday.
The arrest of Rosdeep Kular, 33, follows the discovery on Friday night of the body of 3-year-old Mikaeel Kullar near the former family home in Fife, some 20 miles from Edinburgh.
Ms Kular is due to appear at Edinburgh Sheriff Court on Monday. Under Scottish law police cannot reveal what Ms Kular has been charged with until her court appearance.
A massive search involving police and hundreds of volunteers from across Scotland was launched on Wednesday after Mikaeel went missing from the family apartment.
Mother-of-five Rosdeep alerted police after going into Mikaeel’s room on Thursday morning to discover that her son had vanished.
According to the BBC the home where the body was discvoered is where Mikaeel and his twin had been born and where the family had lived until some 18 months ago. Police say that the house is now owned by Rosdeep’s sister although it is not believed that she is under suspicion at this time.
Forensics officers are searching a woodland behind the property as well as an adjoining property.
On Friday it emerged that Mikaeel had not been seen at his nursery since the Christmas break because he had been taken ill.
The announcement of the discovery of a body comes hours after Malcolm Graham, the Assistant Chief Constable of Police Scotland, said he was “gravely concerned” after failing to find any clue as to Mikaeel’s whereabouts.
Speaking early on Friday evening, he said police now feared his disappearance was due to “a criminal act”.
Rosdeep Kular, or ‘Rosie’ as she’s known, is the daughter of Sikh parents and was brought up in Edinburgh.
Her father Gurbux died aged just 43 when she was in her teens. Her mother Harjinder, 60, has since married twice, most recently to Dr Bangarpet Krishnaswamy, 69, a GP originally from Bangalore, who is also said to be a property developer and nursing home owner.
Rosdeep studied beauty therapy at Fife college and has in recent years operated her own mobile health and beauty studio.
At 24, and heavily pregnant, she married Omotoso Adekoya, a Nigerian taxi driver who had originally come to the UK to study.
Three months later she gave birth to son Tarun, their first of three children born in four years. David was born in 2006 and daughter Renuka came two years later.
The relationship broke down, however, and although the couple are not divorced Mr Adekoya lives in an apartment near Miss Kular in Edinburgh.
By 2010, Rosdeep gave birth to her fourth and fifth children – twins Mikaeel and Ashika, who have had no contact since with their Pakistani father.
Mikaeel was last seen at 9pm on Wednesday, after apparently being put to bed by his mother in their flat.
Police were then told he had disappeared by the time she went to wake him up at 7.15am on Thursday.
There was a brief surge of hope after witnesses reported seeing a young boy matching Mikaeel’s description running down a street in nearby Pilton on Thursday morning, but no further leads emerged afterwards.
Hundreds of people attended a memorial service for him on Saturday evening whilst there has been a steady stream of people from across Scotland who have visited an expanding memorial outside the Kular family home.