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Baby swapping at SCB: Odisha police interrogate hospital staff, verify CCTV

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Cuttack: As part of investigation into alleged baby swapping incident at SCB Medical College & Hospital here, police interrogated the hospital staff and verified CCTV camera footage to dig out the truth.

Acting on a complaint lodged by family members at Mangalabag police station alleging baby swapping on Sunday, police launched probe into the incident.

The family alleged that the newborn baby boy was swapped with a baby girl at Gynaecology ward of the State’s premier hospital.

According to reports, Madhusmita Mohapatra, wife of Prahallad Mohapatra of Nayak Sahi in Baxi Bazaar area of Cuttack district, was admitted to the Gynaecology ward of the SCB Medical College and Hospital on January 26. She delivered a baby by c-section in the afternoon. Following delivery, the family of Madhusmita was not allowed to the bed allotted to her in the ward.

As per allegations by Prahallad, the family members were not informed about the gender of the newborn for around one hour. He said that his wife delivered a baby boy, but the hospital staff allegedly swapped his baby and placed a newborn girl near his wife’s bed.

In his written complaint, he sought for DNA test of the newborn girl.

An entry in station diary has been made on basis of the complaint by Prahallad and the matter is being investigated, said Mangalabag police IIC Arun Swain.

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