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Infant disowned by couple after 'hospital swap' dies in Bhopal

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  Bhopal, August 20, 2014
First Published: 22:05 IST(20/8/2014) | Last Updated: 23:57 IST(20/8/2014)

Suspecting foul play, the police on Wednesday sent the body of a month-old baby girl for autopsy, after being informed about the death by her parents who had initially disowned her at birth.

Vinod Yadav and Lakshmi Yadav went to Ratibad police station on Tuesday evening, claiming that the girl died after a bout of illness. The police, however, sent the body for post mortem to ascertain the cause of her death.

Town inspector Sandhya Sharma said the couple and their relatives had last month created a ruckus in the paediatrics ward of Hamidia Hospital, alleging that Lakshmi had given birth to a baby boy but the hospital staff swapped the child and handed over a baby girl to them.

However, the hospital authorities said Lakshmi delivered a baby girl on July 19 in Sultania Hospital. As the baby's condition deteriorated, she was shifted to Sick Newborn Care Unit of Hamidia Hospital.

The next day, the hospital staff asked the couple to take the baby for sonography. When the staff uttered the word 'girl', the police said, the parents and their relatives reacted with shock and caused a furore.

The authorities then called the police for help. The couple accepted the baby girl only after being persuaded by the Ratibad police.


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