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Woman found dead in Pimpri chawl, baby next to her hungry for two days

The baby boy was neither crying nor looked in distress when he was found, the police said, adding that he lay there unattended to for at least two days.

Written by Manoj Dattatrye More | Pune |
Updated: April 28, 2021 10:12:08 pm
Constables Sushila Gabhale and Rekha Waze taking care of the boy

A 29-year-old woman from Uttar Pradesh, who was living in Bhosari area of Pimpri-Chinchwad, was found dead in her chawl room on Monday. Her baby boy, less than a year old, was found lying beside the body.

The woman, Saraswati Rajesh Kumar, was living with her son as her husband had gone to their native place in Uttar Pradesh in connection with some personal work.

Police suspect that the woman died by suicide. “We found some pills next to her body. We suspect the woman committed suicide by consuming the pills. Her body has been sent for post-mortem to YCM Hospital. The viscera has been preserved…the cause of death is not known so far, ” said Police Inspector Prakash Jadhav of Dighi police station. “Her husband has been contacted. He will arrive soon,” he added.

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Though the woman’s body was found on Monday, police suspect she may have been dead for at least two days. “When the neighbours complained of a foul smell emanating from the room, we broke open the door and found the woman dead… and her baby beside her,” said Jadhav.

The police said the family lived on rent and the owners of the chawl room lived some distance away. The owners had not visited the place as their family members had tested positive. The neighbours also did not suspect anything amiss until a a stench started emanating from the room. “The neighbours apparently had no clue as the baby did not cry….The room otherwise remains shut through the day, so no one bothered to check on them for two days,” said a police official.

“The baby was lying next to her silently… he was not crying… he survived the two days without being fed anything,” said the official.

The baby was then taken to the local hospital. Two constables, Sushila Gabhale and Rekha Waze, fed him milk and biscuits. “They took care of the child for the entire day. After that we shifted him to a nearby creche in Dighi area,” said Jadhav.

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