Hyderabad: The kidnap episode of Sunday, which saw a childless woman stealing a baby in desperation to have a child from Hyderabad’s Niloufer Hospital, ended in tragedy with the baby dying the same day.

On a day filled with dramatic events, the police tracked the woman to Nagarkurnool based on CCTV footage obtained from the Mahatma Gandhi Bus Station, and arrested her late on Tuesday night.

Interrogation led to the woman revealing that the baby, who was not in good health right from birth, had died on Sunday itself, the same day the woman had tricked his grandmother into handing him over to her at the Niloufer Hospital.

Central Zone DCP Joel Davis, addressing a press conference late on Tuesday night, said the woman, Manjula of Katedan, was married to Kumar Goud three years ago but had no children.

“She had miscarriages twice and she wanted to get a child for

herself and not to sell,” Davis said.

She had come to the Modern Maternity Hospital at Petlaburj earlier. She concealed about her recent miscarriage to her husband and in-laws and wanted to take a child from the hospital and claim it to be hers.

It was from here that she got close to the baby’s mother Nirmala, posing as a staff of the hospital, and later accompanied the baby and his grandmother to Niloufer, from where she managed to slip away with him.

From there, she took the infant to her husband’s village in Veldanda of Nagarkurnool.

“While she was feeding the infant who was already ill, he died in her hands. She buried him in the village itself. Her family too assumed he was her child,” Davis said.

The DCP said the roles of her husband and in-laws will be examined. She will be produced before court on Wednesday.

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