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Stolen baby case: Police release sketch of suspect

A day after a newborn was allegedly stolen from his mother’s bedside at Wadia Hospital,police on Thursday released the sketch of the suspect a woman based on two eyewitness accounts.

Written by Express News Service | Published: October 26, 2012 3:52:48 am

A day after a newborn was allegedly stolen from his mother’s bedside at Wadia Hospital,police on Thursday released the sketch of the suspect — a woman — based on two eyewitness accounts. A sweeper and a man outside the postpartum ward saw the woman,wearing an orange saree,walk out of the ward with the baby at 5.30 pm,police said.

“Devidas Sunke was standing outside the ward after his wife delivered their child. He was talking to his relatives on the phone when he saw the suspect exit the ward and rush out of the hospital,” said Vikram Patil,senior inspector,Bhoiwada police station.

Sunke said he had spotted the suspect loitering around the ward on Tuesday. Police said she could slip away easily as it was still visiting hours. Absence of CCTV cameras in the hospital hampers investigation,they added.

The parents,Jasmine (28) and Devidas Naik (40),live in Gorai’s Sector 2. On Tuesday,Jasmine delivered a boy and both were shifted to the postpartum ward on the first floor. According to Jasmine,the next evening,doctors told her to walk around in the ward with the help of her mother. Around 5.30 pm,she was away from her bed for a while when the suspect allegedly took the boy.

Meanwhile,the number of security guards at the hospital has been increased to 14. “Four have been posted at the main gate. One makes the rounds of the premises and another has been posted at the casualty ward,” said medical director Dr M J Jassawala.

Jassawala denied negligence on part of the hospital. “There are 500 patients at the hospital. During visiting hours,each patient has at least four-five relatives coming to see her or him. How is it possible to check passes of so many people? It is unfortunate that the incident happened at a time when we were in the process of increasing security cover,” he said.

Jassawala added that the hospital’s management was studying quotations for installing CCTV cameras. As an immediate measure,he said he had instructed staff to be more vigilant and would curtail the number of visitors per patient.

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