Five days after a four-day-old girl found abandoned in a garbage dump at Bhai Ditt Singh Nagar died of blood infection at the local civil hospital, the commissionerate police on Wednesday succeeded in tracing the infant’s mother with the help of two prescription slips found on the spot.
Baby Mehar, as she was named by the local police, was packed in a polythene bag with pieces of breads inside during the wee hours of November 7. She bore several injury marks on her body.
She suffered cardiac arrest at 8:15pm due to septicemia, a blood infection, the same day.
A team of police officials, including station house officer (SHO) Bimal Kant and assistant sub-inspector (ASI) Gurnam Singh, had recovered two prescription slips on which the name of the infant’s mother was written. The slips, however, did not bear name of any laboratory or hospital.
The police verified the slips from laboratories, gynecology clinics in areas such as Kishanpura, Santokhpura, Mai Heera Gate and railway station located near Bhai Ditt Singh Nagar.
After failing to get any clue from the laboratories, the police got lead from a gynecologist of a clinic at Mai Heera Gate. The doctor told the police that the woman (25) had visited her once before delivery.
The doctor said she had asked her to bring along scanning and blood reports but she did not return.
The doctor further told the police that she had called on her mobile number before visiting her. The police checked the doctor’s call details and traced the number of the infant’s mother.
The police traced the mobile number to Reru village on the Jalandhar-Pathankot highway. They took the help of health workers to identify the infant’s mother since there were three girls with the same name in the locality.
The police investigations found that the woman was unmarried and was sexually exploited by a 26-year-old youth of Santokhpura locality on the pretext of marriage.
The SHO said the police have booked the accused, identified as Sunny of Santokhpura locality, in this connection.
HT found that the woman was admitted to the gynecology ward of the civil hospital on November 3 with acute labour pains. She reportedly gave birth to the girl child at 8.30 pm.
She remained at the hospital for three days and was discharged on November 6. The woman had mentioned the youth as her husband at the hospital.
She is currently undergoing treatment for jaundice at a private hospital in the city. However, the police are not yet clear as who dumped the child in the garbage dump.
Station house officer Bimal Kant said they had traced the youth’s address in Santokhpura locality but he was not found at his house when a team reached there.
Kant said the earlier section of 317 (exposure and abandonment of child under 12 years by parent or person taking her care) in the case had been changed into section 304 (punishment for culpable homicide not amounting to murder).
“We will send the blood samples of the accused youth and the infant for DNA test to Hyderabad. The accused will be nabbed soon,” he added.
Earlier, the police and doctors had claimed that the infant was one-day-old but after verification from hospital’s records, she turned out be four-day-old at the time of her death.