The staff at KEM Hospital, Parel, was horrified when they found a softly whimpering and injured month-and-a-half-old baby lying in a gutter outside one of the toilets on Tuesday morning. Despite the doctors struggling to save her, the infant died of head injuries.
The stunned staff later found out that it was the child’s mother who had allegedly thrown her from a ground floor toilet window.
Deepika Parmar, 28, a Dahisar resident, had given birth to twins at a private hospital last month. She and her husband, Manish, a tailor, came to KEM Hospital on October 20 as the twins – a boy and a girl – were premature and underweight and had to be kept in an incubator.
At 5 am on Tuesday, Deepika started shouting that her baby had gone missing. Hospital officials said that they immediately began looking for the infant. Manish and a security guard, Sanjay Tiwari, began searching the hospital premises. “While walking past a ground floor toilet window, I heard a soft cry. We looked in the gutter outside and found the baby lying there,” Tiwari told HT.
While the baby was taken to the casualty department, Tiwari began scanning footage from the hospital’s closed circuit television (CCTV) camera. The footage showed Deepika entering a toilet with the baby in her arms at 4.30 am. “But, she came out without the baby,” said assistant security officer, Sandeep Patil.
Tiwari then questioned Deepika, who said she had taken the baby to the bathroom to wash her clothes. “But all clothes kept on her bed were dry. She finally broke down and said that she had thrown the baby out of the window,” Tiwari said.
KEM dean, Dr Sanjay Oak said, “CCTV footage shows that the woman flung her baby through the window. This is really depressing. I don’t know what made the lady take such a drastic step. It is best known to her.”
“We tried to save the baby but could not as her body temperature was really low and she had head injuries,” Oak added.
A bewildered Manish is struggling to understand his wife’s actions. “We were happy with the twins. We did not have any problem with our girl,” Manish told reporters.
The Bhoiwada police have registered a case against Deepika. “We will not arrest her now as she is taking care of the other baby,” said Vikram Patil, senior police inspector.