Mrunal Manmay Dash

The mother of one-month-old baby girl who was rescued from a borewell after a day-long intense operation near Sambalpur last month has been traced.

Though the identity of the woman has not been revealed by the police yet, she is said to be a local resident of Sambalpur and has confessed to have dropped the baby girl in the borewell.

The accused woman has a fragile mental condition and was diagnosed with depression. So the police sent her to SCB Hospital in Cuttack for treatment, it was learnt.

Speaking about the woman, Sambalpur SP, Mukesh Bhamu said, “A case was registered after Bijayini was rescued from the borewell. We had sent her to Cuttack for psychiatric evaluation. She was depressed and could not say anything about the incident. We will wait for her recovery and will resume our investigation after her release from the hospital.”

“She is married. And this is her second child. We had brought her to the police station two times before. But due to her fragile mental condition, we sent her to SCB hospital for treatment. We thought the baby was dropped into the borewell 3-4 hours before the rescue operation started, but after speaking with her mother she revealed that she had abandoned her 5-6 hours before,” Bhamu added.

“The accused has confessed to her crime. We will investigate further once she is discharged from the hospital,” Bhamu said.

The two-day-old baby was found dumped in the borewell at Laripalli under Rengali block on December 12. The district administration with the help of the Fire Department personnel and ODRAF managed to rescue the girl after an 8-hour-long exercise.

As the newborn survived such a disaster, she was named Bijayini. She was admitted to the SNCU at VIMSAR. Initially, her condition was critical because of internal bleeding. A team of doctors was routinely looking after her treatment.

The 21st-day ritual of the baby girl was celebrated at the Veer Surendra Sai Institute of Medical Sciences and Research (VIMSAR), Burla on Monday, January 1.

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