A 12-day-old boy has died after he was snatched from his mother and bitten by a monkey.

The infant’s mother was breastfeeding him at their home when the animal entered the house and grabbed him, the family said.

The monkey dropped the badly bitten child on a neighbour’s roof, the child was then rushed to hospital but sadly the baby died of his injuries in hospital. Local reports say monkey attacks in the area are growing more frequent in Agra, India.

Local police confirmed Arush’s body had been sent for an autopsy and would soon be returned to his family for burial.

The little boy received fatal wounds to his head and neck during the tragedy, according to sub-inspector Atbir Singh.