A five-day-old girl was allegedly thrown from the second floor of a Dombivli-based private nursing home on Thursday. The police are investigating if the girl’s mother threw her off the building. A murder case has been registered against an unknown person.
The police said Sujata Gaikwad, 24, had shifted from her husband Dutta’s house to her mother’s home in Dombivli (East) a few days ago. The couple also has a three-and-a-half-year-old daughter. On March 7, Sujata began experiencing labour pains, after which her brother took her to Shubham Nursing Home, also in Dombivli (East). She delivered the baby a day later, and stayed on in the hospital for some rest, the police said.
On Thursday, the doctors allegedly told Sujata that she could go home. Around 7.30-8am, two nurses, Bharati Jadhav and Ratna Gadge, gave the baby a bath and handed her over to Jadhav for a feed, the police said.
“Neighbouring patients told us Sujata took the girl near the hospital gallery to feed her. But she returned to her bed empty handed. Sujata, on the other hand, told us she told her mother and mother-in-law that the nurse was calling them. When they left, she said she kept the baby in the cradle and went to the washroom. She said when she returned around 8.15am, the baby was missing,” said a police officer.
Sujata told the police she was shocked and began shouting at the hospital staff members, who began searching for the baby.
The police have questioned both the nurses.
The girl’s body was found by a patient’s husband and sent to Rukmanibai Hospital in Kalyan for a post-mortem.
Kalidas Suryavanshi, assistant commissioner of police, Dombivli division said, “We have yet not taken statements from the family members because they were in mourning. We will investigate all angles of the case.”