A 27-year-old woman advocate abandoned her new born baby in the toilet of a private hospital in Chennai on Friday. The hospital authorities and the police, within hours, traced the woman and reunited the child with her.
According to reports, the woman accompanied by her mother, brother and sister-in-law came to the hospital in Choolaimedu, Chennai in the wee hours on Friday on the pretext of a check-up since she was pregnant. Although the duty doctor recommended her to get admitted for delivery, she refused and told him that she would come back the next day and get admitted.
On coming out of the doctorâ€™s room, she went to the toilet in the ground floor of the hospital. After she did not return for a long time, her mother went looking for her and found the toilet locked. A few minutes later, she walked out of the toilet and both of them walked out.
At around 5 am on Friday, one of the hospital staff heard the cries of a baby and found it with the umbilical cord on the floor of the bathroom. She immediately alerted the front desk, who in turn called the police. A scan of CCTV footage gave the police a clue and they easily traced the woman since she had written her address on the front desk register.
Though the woman initially denied it being her baby, after the police showed her the CCTV footage and confronted her, she accepted to have abandoned the baby because she was unmarried and she feared the stigma associated with unmarried pregnancy and childbirth.
She was given appropriate counselling and was reunited with the baby.
The police told Times of India that a case was not registered since she took the infant back and promised to take care of the newborn.