Sketch of suspected woman released in child theft case(Lead)

June 3rd, 2008 - 5:05 pm ICT by IANS  

Raipur, June 3 (IANS) The police have released the sketch of a woman who is believed to have walked away with an eight-day-old boy from the nursery ward of Chhattisgarh’s biggest government hospital here. The sketch was put out Monday night on the basis of descriptions provided by nurses at the Bhimrao Ambedkar Government Hospital in the nursery ward where the boy had been kept.

The missing child was born to a poor woman, Munni Bai, 25, May 24 at the hospital. She was separated from him on medical grounds but allowed to breastfeed him daily.

The woman slipped into coma Monday after the police and hospital authorities failed to trace the missing baby.

The child theft has generated a lot of interest in Raipur and its suburbs. It is the first case of its kind at the Ambedkar hospital.

Hospital authorities are preparing a list of women admitted to the hospital from May 24 in a bid to find out who could have taken part in the theft.

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