Bangalore's battered baby Afreen dies of cardiac arrest
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Three-month-old baby Afreen, allegedly battered by her father for being born a girl, today passed away from a cardiac arrest.
''Afreen had convulsions at 10 am and later suffered a cardiac arrest,'' said Dr Some Gowda, Resident Medical Superintendent of Vani Vilas Hospital, where the child was admitted in Sunday.
The baby was in a semi-comatose state after her condition deteriorated today following two convulsions last evening.
Afreen, who was on life support system, had hurried respiration of 30-40 per minute against the normal 20-25 and also Pathycardia (increased heart rate), Gowda said.
Speaking to reporters, hospital authorities said Afreen was getting convulsions and bleeding which aggravated the cardiac arrest, leading to the baby's death at 11.10 am.
Baby Afreen was admitted in the paediatric intensive care in the hospital on Sunday. She had cigarette burns on her head, a dislocated neck and deep bite marks on her thighs and buttocks.
Her father, Omar Farooq (25), has confessed to having tried to kill his daughter as he did not want a daughter. He confessed to having tried to kill her on other occasions, the police has said.
A local court extended to April 21 the judicial custody of Farooq, who was arrested on April 8 on a complaint by Afreen's mother Reshma, who allegedly witnessed the abuse and wants the hardest punishment for him.
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