The police on Wednesday produced the six-year-old brother of the battered baby before the Child Welfare Committee (CWC). The boy had been found in the Capital, and was later sent to Nari Niketan, where he is living with his mother.
"The boy was recovered from one Guddu, who has claimed that the mother gave him the boy. The boy's mother has accepted this, saying that she handed over the child for a temporary period," said a senior police officer, requesting anonymity.The boy's mother has approached the CWC for custody of child, but as there is no documentary proof CWC has only given her interim custody.
CWC issued an order on Wednesday saying that both children would stay in Nari Niketan with their mother.
"CWC will also explore other institutions that are suitable for providing shelter, care and protection to mother and children in case there is no family support available to them," the CWC order said.
The committee has also asked AIIMS trauma centre to allow the mother to meet her two-year-old daughter.
CWC will decide about the final custody of the three children after the mother has produced documentary evidence. The committee has also directed the police to produce the step-father of the children in the next hearing.
After Hindustan Times reported the matter on January 27, the police traced the battered baby's mother to Jhunjhunu in Rajasthan and found that she had been forced into prostitution.
Further investigation revealed that the woman had three children of which one was at AIIMS, the second in Muzaffarpur and the third child found in Uttam Nagar in New Delhi.