Guwahati: Sensation gripped Gauhati Medical College Hospital (GMCH) after a 7-month-old baby was stolen from the pediatric ward of the hospital, apparently by a woman, in the wee hours of Wednesday. The woman child thief has not yet been identified and GMCH authorities and the parents of the baby have lodged an FIR with Bhangagarh Police.
The toddler, Priyam Kalita, who is a resident of Hajo was admitted to GMCH on March 24 with fever and abdomen pain and was later diagnosed with pyelonephritis (Kidney infection).
“The 7-month-old baby was admitted to GMCH on March 24 with fever and abdomen pain and was later diagnosed with pyelonephritis. Yesterday the child wasn’t feeling well and was crying from 12 midnight. The parents couldn’t console the baby as he was crying a lot and then a lady came and asked the baby’s father if she could try and console him. The baby’s father agreed but fell asleep while sleeping in the chair. Taking advantage of the situation the lady absconded taking the baby with her,” GMCH superintendent Abhijit Sharma said.
“When the incident was reported, we enquired whether the father knew the lady. To my surprise, they said they had no idea about the lady. It’s absolute carelessness on the part of the parents. And I am speechless as to how can the parents fall asleep giving the baby to an unidentified lady. We have filed a missing report and investigations are on. We hope the police find the baby,” Sharma added.
A GMCH statement said that on April 13, i.e. today, the father gave the child to an unknown lady for consoling as the child was crying and both parents fell asleep at around 4.30 AM. At 5.30 AM, when they woke up they found that the child was missing along with the lady.
The child’s father, Naba Kalita said, “The child was admitted to the hospital since March 24 and since then several tests were done and it was found that he was also suffering from kidney disease. I couldn’t console him as he was crying a lot and then a lady came and asked me to give the baby to her to console him. I was sitting in a chair and fell asleep and taking advantage of the lady absconded with my baby.”