Battered baby still criticial

Last Updated: Mon, Jan 30, 2012 05:33 hrs

The condition of the battered two-year-old baby fighting for her life at the AIIMS trauma care centre in New Delhi is still critical.

The battered baby was brought to the hospital by a 15-year-old girl who said she was sexually abused too.

Doctors attending on the baby at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) said on Friday she is opening her eyes spontaneously but remained unconscious till now and is not able to follow commands.

Her brain has got evidence of serious injury and the part of the brain that uses judgement is damaged, the doctor said.

"She will not be able to recover soon. We have not seen such type of battered babies before," said Sumit Sinha, an associate professor of neurosurgery who is among the team of doctors treating Falak, the battered baby.

Sinha said the girl went through severe emotional and physical trauma and such cases are rare by Indian standards.

The National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) had ordered a detailed investigation in the case and asked for a factual report from the Delhi police in 15 days´ time.

The severely injured two-year-old baby girl is struggling for life in an intensive care unit of the AIIMS trauma centre.

The baby has serious head injuries, her cheeks are burnt, arms broken and has had two cardiac arrests in the last four days.

According to media reports, a 14-year-old, who brought her to the centre on January 18 and claimed to be the mother, has confessed to beating up the baby in a fit of rage and frustration.

The teenager fled home in May 2011 to escape an abusive father and ended up with a boyfriend, who abused her sexually. The 22-year-old man, who is on the run, is reportedly married and has family in Mumbai.

"This is one of the most horrific of cases that have come to the notice of the Commission since its inception. It indicates the need to alert one and all in the neighbourhood to report any case of abuse that has come to their notice both to the police and the nearest CWC.

"These acts of violence cannot be ignored as a private issue. They have to be recognised as violation of human rights and as a public matter,'' said Dr Shantha Sinha, Chairperson, NCPCR.

The Central body had also asked for a status report on the health condition of the baby alongwith facts indicating under what circumstances the 1-year-old girl was separated from her parents and brought to the present place.

Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit said her government will lend all support to the baby.

Earlier, reports said three people were held in the case and they are being subjected to DNA tests.

Police is trying to track the people behind the baby´s condition.

Battered child syndrome refers to injuries sustained by a child as a result of physical abuse, usually inflicted by an adult caregiver.

Internal injuries, cuts, burns, bruises and broken or fractured bones are all possible signs of battered child syndrome.

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