Another crib death was reported from the Government General Hospital in Kurnool, Andhra Pradesh on Saturday, barely 48 hours after 11 infants died allegedly because of faulty incubators.
Hospital sources said the latest casualty, a five-day-old infant, was suffering from multiple complications and had high fever when it was brought to the state-run hospital, around 180 km south of Hyderabad, on Friday.
"We did our best, but could not save the child," said a senior doctor on condition of anonymity.
While the spurt in infant mortalities was shocking, doctors said it was "routine", even as parents blamed the deaths on clinical negligence.
Earlier on Friday, a preliminary inquiry by a team led by director of medical education Sampath Kumar said there was no prima facie evidence of negligence on the part of the doctors or the hospital staff.
Following the team's report, the state health minister Ravindra Reddy had said the deaths were not due to negligence, but due to "God's error".
On Saturday, however, Reddy made a U-turn, and admitted "marginal human error" had caused the deaths.
"I will go through the final report and take disciplinary action against errant officials," Reddy said.
Meanwhile, district collector Ram Shankar Naik said additional medical personnel had been deployed to take care of the rush of patients.