4-day-old dumped in garbage was strangled to death
Post-mortem reports confirm the baby bled out from her nose and mouth; since the body was found in a packet from Saifee hospital, police have asked the authorities to provide records of births and CCTV footage
Investigations have revealed that the four-day-old girl whose body was found in a garbage dump on Monday had been strangled to death.
Reports of a post-mortem performed on the infant’s body were obtained yesterday, which confirmed that she had died due to loss of blood, after being strangled.
According to Bhayender police officers who are investigating the case, the baby’s body was wrapped in a red bed sheet, and placed in a white plastic bag with the name and address of Saifee Hospital located in Charni Road. The plastic packet was then dumped in a dustbin amidst a pile of garbage.
Based on the lead, the police yesterday sent a letter to the hospital authorities, asking them to provide data on all the babies that had been born in its wards over the last week.
“We have asked the hospital to provide us with CCTV footage from the hospital gates, and to also find out whether anyone left the hospital with the same bag,” said API S Kohli from Bhayender police station.
A garbage collector found the body in a bin at a dump and informed the police. Blood was found at the baby’s mouth and nose. Based on circumstantial evidence, the police have lodged a case under Section 302 of the IPC, charging the infant’s parents with murder.
“We suspect that the baby was born in Saifee hospital. It is also possible that the baby was born in another hospital, and the killers intentionally placed the body in a plastic bag from Saifee hospital to divert us,” said Kohli, adding, “We have asked the nearby hospitals to provide records of babies born there in the past week.”
Dr S J Bapai, spokesperson for Saifee hospital, said that they would provide the data to the Bhayender police. “The Bhayender police have sent us a letter and we will cooperate with them,” he said.