A newborn girl was found abandoned on a pavement near Kalkaji Temple in Southeast Delhi Sunday morning. Police immediately rushed her to AIIMS where she has been admitted and is said to be stable.
Police have registered a case at Okhla police station and are searching for the girl’s parents.
The incident came to light at 6.50 am after passersby made a call to the police control room (PCR) and said they had found a newborn lying on the footpath near Anandmayi Marg.
“Police rushed to the spot. The girl was crying as some ants were crawling on her face. She was wrapped in a clean and expensive-looking pink dress,” said a police officer.
Doctors at AIIMS said police brought the abandoned child around 7 am. AIIMS spokesperson Dr Amit Gupta said, “On examination, the child weighed 2.5 kg. She is healthy.”
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Doctors said the child had been left in the open for “a substantial period” of time.
“It is not clear how long she was left there. But it has been raining intermittently and she seems to be just a few days old. We have kept her in an incubator to control her body temperature,” said a doctor. Sources said she may be discharged within a few days. “We will run some more tests tomorrow. Based on preliminary medical examination, she seems healthy. Till there is conformation of social support to help her, we will keep her at the hospital,” said the doctor.
Meanwhile, police have registered the case under Section 317 (abandoning a child below the age of 12) at Okhla police station in SouthEast Delhi.
“Police have started questioning local street vendors in the area. There is no CCTV footage, but prima facie it appears that the girl’s mother hails from a well-to-do family,” said a senior police officer.