Kerala: 54-day-old infant assaulted by father, battles for life

Police said the incident occurred on June 19 and added that the infant has been admitted in the intensive care unit of a private hospital after the attack. She remains critical. 

The condition of the 54-day-old infant remains critical. (Photo: Reuters/Representational image)

A 54-day-old infant, allegedly thrashed by her father, continues to battle for life in Kerala. The incident from Angamaly in Ernakulam, Kerala came to light after police informed about the incident on Sunday.

Police said the incident occurred on June 19 and added that the child has been admitted in the intensive care unit of a private hospital after the attack. She remains critical.

While the father, 40-year-old Shaiju Thomas, claimed that her daughter accidentally fell off the cot, doctors grew suspicious about his claims.

Thomas was later arrested after interrogation. According to the police, Thomas allegedly thrashed the infant and threw her on the cot under the influence of alcohol.

The mother’s statement to police also indicated that Thomas had thrashed the infant.

Thomas has been remanded in judicial custody for 14 days. He has been charged under various sections of the Indian Penal Code, including Section 307 (attempt to murder).

(With inputs from PTI)

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