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12-day-old baby, soaking in water and trash, found abandoned in a drain after cats alert residents

12-day-old baby, soaking in water and trash, found abandoned in a drain after cats alert residents

The police are glad the child survived without drowning, choking, or freezing to death in the drain.

A newborn baby, found abandoned just 12 days after her birth, is now on the way to recovery since being found in a drain. The wailing infant baby, soaked in the water's drain and trash, was discovered after cats in the street created a ruckus and alerted locals living in the area.

Residents of Pantnagar in the Indian city of Mumbai contacted the police department after they heard cries of the baby coming from the drain, which was partially covered by large tiles to keep the baby from being spotted. So far, no details have been revealed about the identity of the individuals, who abandoned the child in such horrific conditions, according to NDTV.

When the police were informed about the incessantly crying child, they were responding to another distress call before quicly arriving at the drain. They found the baby dressed in nothing but a flimsy T-shirt that was soaking wet. The responding police officers were glad that the little one survived without drowning, choking, or freezing to death in the drain.



 

"The two-and-half-foot-high drain had a thin flow of water. The infant had turned sideways when we found her and her cries were growing faint. Cats had started to gather around. We believe she may have been abandoned for an hour at least. Large tiles had been used to cover the drain partially so that she wouldn't be discovered," said police officer, Sheetal Sonawane, as quoted by the Times of India.

The women-led police team rescued the baby from the drain and found her arms blue from the freezing cold. "We asked for some warm water and cloth to clean the baby," Sonawane added.

Despite arranging for some warm milk and a bottle to feed the baby, they were unable to stop the little one from crying and quickly rushed her to the hospital.

The police department put up an update on Twitter after the incident and said: "Pantnagar P.stn received a call from a good samaritan that a baby, wrapped in cloth, was dumped in a drain. He was alerted when the neighborhood cats created a ruckus. the baby was rushed to Rajawadi by the Nirbhaya Squad of Pantnagar P.Stn & is now safe & recovering."

When the little one finally received medical attention, the baby was kept in a warmer and put on a saline drip by the hospital staff.



 

The infant was named Pari, which means fairy in the local language, and has grabbed the attention of people at the hospital. Sonawane, the officer who gave the baby her new name, is keeping a close check on the little one's recovery. Once the baby is better, she will reportedly be placed in the care of a shelter while legal proceedings continue.

"We have already started receiving phone calls from people enquiring about adoption and have had to clarify that it can't happen at this point when legal procedures are underway," said officer Kishore Shinde.

Details are yet to be revealed on the identity of the parents and the individuals that dumped the baby girl in the drain.

Cover image source: Mumbai Police/Twitter

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