"The newborn was found dead in the flush tank."
An Indian girl had a baby in the toilet at Civil Hospital in Panchkula, Haryana. The child was then flushed.
The incident came to light after the newborn boy’s body was recovered from the toilet on Thursday, August 29, 2019.
A patient had gone into the bathroom and discovered the baby. The hospital staff was then informed about it. It was reported that the umbilical cord was still attached to the child’s body.
It was revealed that a 16-year-old girl gave birth to the child. She had the child in the toilet, but instead of taking the baby out of the toilet, an attempt was made to get rid of it by flushing it.
However, the baby remained in the toilet and died in the process. The baby was taken to a room and examined by doctors.
It was reported that the Indian girl had gone to the hospital with her parents after complaining of a stomach ache. When she was treated, nurses asked why her stomach was swollen after which they said that she may be pregnant.
Her parents refused the possibility of their daughter being pregnant and said that she is not even married yet.
CCTV footage showed the girl going into the bathroom with a woman and a man as Chief Medical Officer Dr Yogesh Sharma explained:
“According to a preliminary investigation, a girl, accompanied by a woman and a man, reached the hospital, went to the washroom and later fled after delivering the baby.
“The newborn was found dead in the flush tank.”
According to reports, the girl went into the bathroom at 1:21 pm and left three minutes later. She fled the hospital while recovering her clothes.
Dr Sharma stated that the girl did not have an admission card, but some sanitation workers claimed that the girl had been lying on a stretcher for a while.
After no one attended to her, the girl went to the bathroom.
Hospital workers informed the police and they arrived at the hospital. Hospital management is also conducting an internal inquiry.
Dr Sharma added: “Police and the hospital are probing the matter.”
Inspector Rajeev Kumar said:
“The identity of the baby’s parents could not be ascertained. We are checking the CCTV footage.”
A case has been registered under Section 318 (concealment of birth by secret disposal of dead body) of the Indian Penal Code.