Grandma and dad who ‘burnt newborn baby alive’ arrested

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A grandma and dad have been accused of burning a newborn baby boy alive in the early hours of the morning.

The duo were arrested after locals found a half-burnt body of the baby in Tamil Nadu.

The body was found on the premises of a theatre on September 9, according to Times of India.

Local police took the body to a hospital for an autopsy and it was revealed the baby was alive when he was set on fire.

Sniffer dogs in the investigation led cops to the door of a 22-year-old woman named Sankaragomathi who had given birth to the boy.

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Tenkasi district superintendent of police G Suguna Singh spoke to Times of India and said: "She became pregnant due to an affair with a man called Shankar of the locality and the two tried to abort the foetus twice by taking tablets, but in vain.

"She delivered the baby in the house around 2 am on Wednesday."

According to authorities the grandma, Indra had wrapped up the baby in cloth and set him ablaze.

She has been charged with an act done with intent to prevent a child being born, or cause it to die after birth.

Shankar, the alleged father of the baby has been charged with abetment of an offence.

Currently, Sankaragomathi is being treated at a local government hospital.

She will be taken in for questioning once she recovered and will need to provide a statement before further action is taken.

Last month in a separate horrifying incident, a newborn baby was found dead wrapped in a pink towel at a waste recycling centre –

Emergency services made the discovery on Bowling Back Lane, Bradford, west Yorkshire.

The child was wrapped in a towel depicting the island of Fuerteventura in yellow on a purple background.

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