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Police to probe role of battered baby’s father

mumbai Updated: Oct 05, 2012 00:42 IST
Puja Changoiwala

After the arrest of Dharmishta Joshi on Thursday night for battering her three-month-old girl Ahuti, which led to her death at KEM hospital on Monday, the Borivli police are going to probe the role of the baby's father Kalpesh, and the masseuse the couple had hired to tend to the infant.

Sunil Paraskar, regional additional commissioner of police, said the police are also investigating if Dharmishtha is trying to shield her husband or someone else.

“We cannot draw a conclusion solely on the mother’s confession. We are gathering evidence and the investigation is in progress,” he added.

Ahuti’s post-mortem report arrived on Wednesday. In a one-page report, the forensic doctors categorically stated that given the medical history of the child, her injuries were ‘non-accidental’.

The police said that the baby suffered injuries at least eight days before her death. Ahuti’s autopsy reports and medical records state that she had suffered serious head and rib injuries.

Doctors say falling off a bed or cradle could not have caused these wounds, nor could they have been sustained in a Cesarean-section delivery.

The police said that they registered a case after studying the post-mortem report.

They also sought advice of the doctors at KEM hospital by obtaining detailed answers to a questionnaire submitted to them. Additionally, the police sought legal opinion on the matter, officials said.

The police said that they would now record the statement of doctors at Shivani hospital in Gorai, where Ahuti was briefly admitted before being shifted to KEM.