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Tuesday, 18 January 2011

Unwed Mom smashes newborn’s head, dumps dead body in bin

Unwed Mom smashes newborn’s head, dumps dead body in bin
Woman, who already has a daughter born out of wedlock, says family refused to let her keep baby
January 25, 2009
Shefali Sheth was arrested on Saturday; police have called in one of her colleagues for a DNA test

An unwed mother from Bhayandar was arrested by the Mira Road police on Saturday for smashing her newborn to death and throwing her corpse into a garbage bin.

Shefali Sheth, 28, of Pratik Building, Navghar Road, Bhayandar (E) delivered the baby girl at home on January 15 with the help of her mother, sister and brother who had hidden the pregnancy to avoid social censure, a senior officer of the Mira Road police said.

Shefali told the cops that the delivery was conducted in the bathroom of the Sheths’s ground-floor flat at night when she went into labour. The baby girl had barely taken her first breath when, in a horrifying moment of desperation, Shefali said, she banged the infant’s head against the bathroom wall resulting in instant death. The family then wrapped the baby’s corpse in a plastic bag before throwing the package from the bathroom window into a garbage bin located outside. The umbilical cord was still attached to the baby, said police.

The next day, ragpickers found the package and, on opening it, were shocked to see the dead infant. They informed the Mira Road police who took the corpse into custody and had a post-mortem conducted. The report said the baby's head had been banged on a hard surface, said Inspector Mukund Mahajan of Mira Road police station.

An investigation was then conducted, which finally led the cops to Shefali on Saturday who confessed to the crime and has been charged under Section 302 (murder) of the IPC. She has been arrested and remanded in police custody till January 30, said police.  Shefali, who is already mother to a one-year-old girl born out of wedlock, told the police that the father of her newborn had promised to marry her when she fell pregnant. However, six months later, he backed out of the marriage. When Shefali's family learnt of the father's refusal to marry, they threatened to throw her out of the house. Shefali told cops that her family refused to bring up another illegitimate child.

Shefali works with a Borivli-based chartered accountant and she steadfastly refuses to name the father of the dead infant, police suspect that it could be a colleague. API Vijaysinh Bhonsale said police would be calling in a co-worker at the CA firm and another unidentified person for a DNA test.

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