Mumbai mom who flung baby to death charged with murder

A day after she threw her infant daughter to death from the window of a civic-run hospital here, the police have charged the mother with murder but not arrested her yet on "humanitarian grounds".

Mumbai: A day after she threw her infant
daughter to death from the window of a civic-run hospital
here, the police have charged the mother with murder but not
arrested her yet on "humanitarian grounds".

According to police, 26-year-old Deepika Parmar, had
given birth to twins--a boy and a girl-- at a private hospital
a month-and-a-half ago and was at the KEM hospital with her
tailor husband Manish since October 20 for treatment of the
infants.

She was caught on CCTV camera leaving the hospital
ward with the baby girl and later returning without the infant
whom she allegedly flung out of the window of the bathroom on
the ground floor yesterday.

"She has been charged under IPC section 302 (murder).
However, we have not arrested her on humanitarian grounds
because her son is in the ICU and her presence is needed
there," S Baviskar, Deputy Police Commissioner told PTI.

The accused was charged with section 317 (Exposure and
abandonment of child under 12 years, by parent or person
having care of it).

At 5 am yesterday, Deepika had created a furore at the
hospital claiming her baby had gone missing after which the
authorities launched a frantic search, police said.

The softly whimpering and injured baby was found lying
in a gutter outside the toilet. All efforts to save the baby,
who had suffered head injuries during the fall, failed and she
died hours later.

According to police, the Dahisar resident, had
prematurely delivered the twins at a private hospital last
month. The underweight infants needed to be kept in an
incubator.

DCP Bhaviskar said the postmortem report has suggested
histopathological tests for ascertaining the exact cause of
death.

Vikram Patil, senior Inspector at Bhoiwada Police Station
said the two babies also had breathing problems.

"Deepika says she could not bear to see the suffering
her children. Hence, she picked up the baby girl and threw her
out of the window," Patil said, adding further investigation
is on.

-PTI

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