Bikaner baby with lips, nose, cheek bitten off by father, dies

Last Updated: Wed, Feb 06, 2013 07:06 hrs

Jaipur: A five-month-old-baby girl from Bikaner, whose father had bitten off parts of her lips, nose and cheek in a fit of rage, died at a government hospital here today.

"The condition of the baby deteriorated last night after she was breastfed by her mother.The milk entered into her lungs following which some complications developed and she was put on ventilator support but she died," spokesperson of the Sawai Man Singh Government Hospital here said.

The baby was initially admitted to a hosital in Bikaner and later moved to Jaipur.

The girl was operated upon on Februrary 1. Her lips and nose were reconstructed during the first cosmetic surgery. More surgeries had been lined up.

Police said the baby's 36-year-old father Bahadur Singh will be charged with murder.

The father had allegedly bitten off parts of her nose, lips and cheek in a fit of rage leaving her face damaged in Bikaner last month.

The accused was drunk when he reached his house in Siyana village and had a verbal spat with his wife Santosh over some domestic issue.

During the quarrel, he had bitten off the upper lip, nose and cheek of the baby in a fit of rage, according to the police.

The mother filed a complaint and was consequently thrown out of the house by her in laws. She was told she could return home with her baby only when she withdraws her complaint against her husband.

Deepak Kalra, Chairperson, Child Rights Commission said, "It is really very sad. She developed respiratory complications last night. She was put on ventilator and we were hoping that she would come out and fight like she was fighting for the last 10 days but unfortunately she succumbed to the complications.

"As you know the surgery was five-and-half hours long. There were three surgeries that were done at one go and then she had to undergo two more surgeries. The case was complicated and unfortunately she could not go through it," she said.

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