TIRUNELVELI: A two-day-old baby was allegedly stolen from a woman from Thoothukudi by an unidentified ‘helper’ at Tirunelveli Medical College Hospital here on Thursday.
Sources said, Priya (name changed) (37), a resident of Nalumavadi, Thoothukudi district, was admitted to TVMCH for delivery on September 8.
As the woman came to the hospital without an attendant, she sought the help of woman, whom she claimed as her relative. Believing her words, hospital authorities allowed the relative woman to assist her. On September 9, Priya gave birth to a baby girl. On Thursday, when doctors asked Priya to bring the child for vaccination, she sought the help of her relative to take the baby for the shot. The woman, who took the infant, did not return for a long time. Panicked, Priya complained to the doctors.
On information, police reached the spot and held enquiries during which Priya said that she did not know the woman at all. Police identified the woman after checking the CCTV footage at the hospital. A senior official at the TVMCH said, “We do not allow anyone other than close relatives to attend pregnant mothers and their newborns. We allowed the woman only after Priya identified the woman as her relative. A thorough enquiry will be conducted.”
Police officials suspect that the child might have been born out of an illicit relationship.
“The child has been born 14 months after Priya’s husband died in 2013. Unable to face her relatives, she might have come to the Tirunelveli hospital, instead of going to hospitals in Thoothukudi. So there is a possibility that the child could have been taken with the consent of Priya or the unidentified woman might have also stolen the child as claimed by the mother. So we are inquiring from all angles,” said a police officer.