A one-day-old girl, who was found with injuries on her body in a garbage dump at Bhai Ditt Singh Nagar near the city railway station in the wee hours of Friday, died in the evening at the civil hospital here.
The child suffered cardiac arrest at 8:15pm due to septicemia, a blood infection, and died. Reports said a watchman spotted the child packed in a polythene bag with pieces of bread kept inside, purportedly to invite dogs to attack it.
He informed the police who took the newborn to the local civil hospital for life. The victim, named Mehar by the local police, was struggling for life in the pediatric ward of the civil hospital with several injury marks on her back, as she was possibly bitten by dogs.
The child had been put on ventilator and was under observation of doctors after she had difficulty in breathing.
She was also suffering from septicemia, a serious medical condition caused by bacteremia caused due to the presence of bacteria in blood. The doctors said the girl was thrown with force at the dump.
“The girl’s condition was stable for a while. We had put her on ventilator due to breathing problem. She was also suffering from septicemia, a serious infection,” said Dr SS Nangal, a child specialist in the pediatric ward of the hospital.
“We tried our level best revive her before realising that she was no more. An autopsy will be conducted on Saturday to ascertain the actual cause of death,” Dr Nangal said.
Reports said a night watchman noticed screams of a child coming from a garbage dump near the petrol pump in the locality around 2 am on Friday.He saw some dogs near dump.
When he reached near the dump, he was shocked to find the child there. He immediately informed the police control room, which he called from the mobile phone of a passerby.
After getting information, police station-3 station house officer (SHO) Bimal Kant along with assistant sub-inspector (ASI) Gurnam Singh and a woman constable reached the spot and took the child to hospital.
Earlier, the staff present at the hospital was reportedly reluctant to treat the child citing unavailability of doctors, but on the SHO’s insistence the child was shifted to the special care unit of pediatric ward.
SHO Kant said a first information report (FIR) under sections 317 (exposure and abandonment of child under 12 years by parent or person taking her care) has been registered against unidentified persons.
“We have formed a special team to trace the culprits who threw the child in the garbage dump. They will be arrested soon,” Kant said.
The police have also sought the help of local health and ASHA workers to find out the child’s mother.
Deputy Commissioner of police (DCP) Naveen Singla said, “The police will honour the watchman and policemen who played an active role in taking the child to hospital.”