|Mother remanded for alleged
killing of infant
The mother, arrested on suspicion of killing her infant child at
the Lady Ridgeway Hospital, was remanded by the Aluthkade
The baby had been born at the Anuradhapura Hospital on April 6,
2008. The mother of the child was identified as Warnakulasuriya
Aarachchige Sujeewa Damayanthi, a resident of Nochchiagama. Due
to some deformed conditions of the infant, the baby had been
transferred to the Lady Ridgeway Hospital, on the day of birth,
for intensive medicalcare treatment.
“The child had been suffering from several deformed conditions;
no ears had been formed in the body and there were issues
related to the infant’s gender,” said O.I.C., Crime Division
Borella Police station I.P. Hewawitharana. After being
transferred, the mother had been with the baby for a few days
before deserting the baby and fleeing from the hospital.
However, following countless messages from the hospital, the
mother had returned to the hospital last Friday and had been
with the baby. “The baby was reported missing from 2 pm on May 2
(Friday). After a search, the infant was found dead on the slab
of the 2nd floor,” said Hewawitharana. The postmortem of the
infant was conducted by the J.M.O. yesterday.
“We are handing over the body of the baby to the father to carry
out the final rites,” added Hewawitharana.