Bhayander baby was strangled, say cops

The Bhayander police investigating the murder of a four-day-old baby girl, whose body was found in a dustbin in the area on Monday, have learnt that the baby had been strangled. The post-mortem report revealed on Tuesday that she had died due to loss of blood through her mouth when she was strangled.

Police said they had found the body wrapped in a bedsheet, with a label from Saifee Hospital and its Charni Road address on it, in a plastic bag. The police on Tuesday sent a letter to the hospital authorities, asking them to give the police details of births that took place there in the past week.

"We have asked the hospital to give us the CCTV footage of the exit gates of the hospital as well to find out whether any person has left with the same bag," said Assistant Inspector S Kohli.

A garbage collector who found the body informed the police. The baby's mouth and nose were bleeding. The police lodged a case under IPC Section 302 (murder) against the unidentified parents of the baby.

"We suspect that the baby was born in Saifee Hospital. It is also possible that the baby was born in some other hospital and the killers might have intentionally thrown the body with the bedsheet of the hospital," said Kohli.

"We have asked other nearby hospitals as well to provide birth records of the past week," added Kohli.

Saifee Hospital spokesperson Dr SJ Bapai said the hospital would provide the data requested by the Bhayander police.

In the past

September 20: The body of a new-born baby girl was found abandoned in an open ground in Dindoshi. The police were informed by residents. A case of murder was filed against unknown persons

February 14: A seven-month-old foetus was found near a dust bin in a densely populated area of Kandivali. The police have registered a case of concealment of birth by secret disposal of body, against an unknown person. The Samta Nagar police had not been able to ascertain the sex of the foetus. Residents in Hanuman Nagar area of Kandivali east first discovered the foetus when they heard some stray dogs constantly barking. A team of officers reached the spot and found the foetus wrapped in a plastic bag

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