More than a month after a five-day-old girl was thrown from the second floor of a nursing home in Dombivli, the police arrested the child’s mother on Wednesday.
On March 7, Sujata Gaikwad, 24, a resident of Ambernath, gave birth to the child at the Shubhada nursing home. On March 12, the child was found dead in the hospital compound.
The police said the woman was afraid her husband and inlaws might blame her for giving birth to a second girl child, so she decided to take the extreme step.
The statement of the witness, including the nurse, allegedly pointed towards the woman’s involvement.
“The woman did not confess to the crime. A week ago, we sought permission from the Kalyan court to conduct a lie detector test on Sujata and her mother-in-law, Indumati. Sujata objected to it, claiming she was in trauma after her child’s death and the police were harassing her. The court then allowed the police to conduct the lie-detector test on Indumati, which was not of much help,” said a senior of f i cer f rom the Dombivli police station.
During the investigation, the police questioned two people, who had seen the baby with the woman the day the incident took place. While one of them claimed the child was in Sujata’s hands, the other saw her going towards the balcony with the girl and returning alone.
“We questioned a few of her neighbours, who said her husband used to assault her under the influence of alcohol. They told us Sujata wanted a boy and she was careless while handling the child. We asked Sujata to narrate the sequence of events thrice, but each time she got confused and gave a different version of the story. She has been arrested on the basis of circumstantial evidence,” said SB Shivarkar, senior inspector, Dombivli police station.
Sujata will be produced in the Kalyan court on Thursday.