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‘Neglected’ by parents,baby in US govt custody

The United States government has reportedly taken custody of an 11-month-old baby after a New Jersey court directed the government to take custody of the baby saying the parents were negligent.

Written by Madhuparna Das | Kolkata |
September 9, 2012 2:32:06 am

The United States government has reportedly taken custody of an 11-month-old baby after a New Jersey court directed the government to take custody of the baby saying the parents were negligent.

Debashish Saha,father of the baby boy,who was sent to New Jersey in July on an official assignment,said he is originally a resident of Balurghat in South Dinajpur and works in an IT company. The software engineer was posted in Kolkata for five years before he left for the US in July.

Saha told The Indian Express,“I reached New Jersey on an assignment on July 22. I am an employee of IBM. I left my country with my wife and 11-month old baby Indrashish. On August 9,my baby fell from the bed while playing. I was in office at that time. After I received call from my wife,I rushed to hospital. After a scan,doctors told us that my baby suffered internal hemorrhage and they needed to operate immediately.”

After Saha and his wife gave consent,the baby underwent surgery. “My baby started recovering and surgery was successful. But the doctors told us that the damage was very serious and it could not be caused by a fall of 3 feet. The hospital authorities did not discharge my baby and informed the child protection team of the US government.”

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The government agency,Division of Youth and Family Services (DYFS),started investigation and appealed to the court that the parents were not capable of taking care of the baby.

“The New Jersey court gave its verdict yesterday. The court has directed DYFS to take custody of the baby. Our baby has been sent to a rehabilitation centre after he was discharged by the hospital on August 21. The court in its order mentioned that we can see our baby once a week,escorted by DYFS people. The DYFS will take our baby from the rehabilitation centre on Monday,” added Saha.

Saha has also spoken to the consulate in New York. “I have already contacted the consulate office in New York. I cannot afford lawyers here. But I am determined not to return to India without my baby. I appeal to the Government of India to take prompt action in the case,so that I can get back with my baby,” added Saha.

The Sahas are expected to meet the North Bengal development minister on Monday.

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