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On flight from Australia, infant found dead upon arrival at Chennai airport

The infant's parents had noticed that the child's feet were blue while waiting for their luggage at the international terminal.

Written by Shivani Ramakrishnan | Chennai |
Updated: November 22, 2019 4:06:46 pm
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What was to be a vacation turned into a funeral for a couple as their six-month-old infant who was on his maiden journey from Australia to Chennai was declared dead early Thursday morning upon arrival at the Chennai International Airport.

The toddler, Hrithik and his parents Sakthi Murugan and Geetha had flown from Victoria in Australia to spend time with their family at Vengaivasal near Tambaram. The trio had a layover at Kuala Lumpur before arriving at the city airport.

“Shortly before the flight had landed at Chennai airport, the parents had fed the child. After touchdown, they had carried Hrithik over their shoulder and proceeded to collect their luggage after clearing immigration,” an official from the Meenambakkam police station told

The officials said that while waiting for their luggage, the parents had noticed that their child was motionless and his feet had turned blue. Thinking he had fallen asleep, they tried to wake him up but in vain. “The parents later rushed their child to Apollo clinic inside the international terminal where doctors pronounced the infant dead,” said the official.

According to Murugan and Geetha, Hrithik had been active and playful throughout the flight.

The officer said that the Meenambakkam police had registered a case and sent the infant’s body to the Chromepet Government Hospital for postmortem before handing over his mortal remains to the family.

The officer added that the child’s viscera samples had been sent to the hospital lab for testing to determine the cause of death.

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