Baby thrown from Mumbai building: Help says employer's driver raped her

The domestic help, a minor, who is accused of delivering and throwing her newborn boy to death from a Versova tower, told police she was raped nine months ago by her employer’s driver; says she didn’t even know his name

The minor girl who has been booked for killing her newborn child by throwing it from the window of a Versova tower told the police that her employer’s driver raped her nine months ago. Police are waiting to record the girl’s complete statement, since she is still in a critical condition.

mid-day has reported on the incident in detail (see box), wherein a child was flung out from the sixth floor of an apartment in Atlantis building on J P Road, Versova, allegedly by its 16-year-old mother on Saturday night. The flat is a duplex residence with its owner staying on the seventh floor, while the girl was on the sixth floor that night.

mid-day’s reports on the case
mid-day’s reports on the case

Police are on the lookout for the child’s father to book him for rape. The teen has told the police that it was her employer’s driver who raped her nine months ago. The man worked for the family for only 12 days, and the girl doesn’t even know his name.

Versova police will now question the employers regarding the driver and whether they were aware of the rape. They will also try to locate the driver’s address. Meanwhile, the girl is in a critical condition in the ICU of Cooper Hospital, since she had lost a lot of blood. “We will record her complete statement when she is able to talk,” said the investigating officer from Versova police station.

Another person involved?
Police are also probing whether someone else was also involved in the murder of the child, who was found wrapped in a cloth and with strangulation marks on his neck. Sources said officials had found blood between the bathroom and the bedroom of the flat. “We found that there was blood near the window and at the spot where the baby was found.

However, the girl herself was bleeding heavily, and had she killed the child and thrown the body, there should have been a lot more blood. Considering her serious condition at the time, it is suspicious that she choked the child to death and threw it out. We suspect there was someone inside the house who might be involved. We are investigating all possible angles,” said a senior police officer.

The incident
>> On Saturday night, police receive an anonymous call about a baby’s body in the compound of Atlantis building, Versova
>> They went to a nearby maternity hospital, which told them no deliveries had taken place in the last four days
>> Police then questioned all residents and found the 16-year-old bleeding in the sixth-floor apartment
>> They admitted her to Cooper Hospital
>> The baby was found wrapped in a cloth, and it had strangulation marks on its neck

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