Dejected by four miscarriages, woman steals newborn - The New Indian Express

Dejected by four miscarriages, woman steals newborn

Published: 18th November 2012 08:54 AM

Last Updated: 18th November 2012 08:54 AM

Desperate to have a child after four miscarriages, a woman from Tondiarpet allegedly lifted a newborn from Rajah Sir Ramasamy Mudaliar Maternity (RSRM) Hospital. After three weeks of deadlock, a police team got specific inputs from an informer while on the trail of a different case. The team visited the woman’s house on Friday posing as health inspectors to verify the baby’s birth documents when the woman gave in to questioning.

Police identified the woman as Yogeshwari (23), wife of Jegannathan of IOC Parameswaran Nagar in Tondiarpet. After marrying   her lover, Yogeshwari reportedly had four miscarriages prompting her to take the desperate step.

Police said Kalaiyarasi, wife of autorickshaw driver Ravi, gave birth to a girl child on October 22 at RSRM hospital in Royapuram. The baby mysteriously went missing on October 25 when she was asleep.

CCTV footage showed a saree-clad woman lifting the baby and the image was enlarged to capture the face of the woman. Ever since, there was not much headway in the case and the family of the newborn staged protests now and then to put pressure on the police to get back their child.

Meanwhile, 2011 batch Sub-Inspector Jeyaram, who is at his first independent assignment at Kasimedu police station, while pursuing another criminal case, learnt about a woman who reportedly gave birth to baby without getting impregnated, rather pretending to be pregnant. She reportedly relayed contradictory versions of her delivery to her neighbours raising further suspicion.

After the message reached Royapuram AC Peer Mohammed, he suggested a sting operation to find out whether that woman was the real culprit. Subsequently, Jeyaram and woman SI Mahiba posed as Health Inspectors and visited her house to check if the newborn was vaccinated properly.

When they asked for the birth certificate of the child, the woman produced a notebook similar to that of a discharge note given at government hospitals to record inputs during neo-natal care.

The remark ‘home delivery’ made in that note book was suspected to be the handwriting of Yogeshwari herself, who was Class X pass.On quizzing her further, she reportedly admitted that she took the baby.

She acted as an expecting mother for over 7 months after the four miscarriages.

On October 25, she walked into the hospital during the wee hours and walked away with the newborn that was asleep next to its mother. The baby was returned to RSRM Hospital and would be handed over to its mother after a DNA test. Royapuram AC M Peer Mohammed told Express that the police had given the requisition for a DNA test to scientifically prove that the girl was born to Kalaiyarasi.

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