US govt takes custody of baby, father says charge of negligence wrong
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The United States government has reportedly taken custody of an 11-month-old baby on orders from a New Jersey court, which said that the parents — an Indian couple — 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 town in West Bengal's 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 Sunday 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 haemorrhage 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 three feet. The hospital authorities did not discharge my baby and informed the child protection team of the US government."
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.
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