Woman held for stealing baby from Orissa hospital

May 12th, 2008 - 4:51 pm ICT by admin  

Bhubaneswar, May 12 (IANS) A woman has been arrested for stealing a 10-day-old baby from a hospital in Orissa’s Angul district, police said Monday. Gitanjali Pradhan, 25, stole the newborn Sunday from the government hospital in Angul town, some 150 km from here, a district police official said.

The woman, a resident of Godasingha village in the same district, introduced herself as an NGO worker and took the baby away from her mother on some pretext and then just disappeared, he said.

The mother raised an alarm and the police were called. Acting on a tip off, police raided a house in nearby Gopinathpur village, caught Pradhan and rescued the baby, the official said.

Pradhan, who has no child, had been planning to steal a baby for a long time and had been frequently visiting the hospital pretending that she is pregnant, he added.

The woman is now in judicial custody after a court rejected her bail petition, he said.

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