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Indian couple’s infant put in foster care in US

PTI
Published : Jan 14, 2016, 11:23 pm IST
Updated : Jan 14, 2016, 11:23 pm IST

A two-month-old son of an Indian couple has been placed in foster care by US child welfare officials after he was admitted to a local hospital with head injuries in New Jersey.

A two-month-old son of an Indian couple has been placed in foster care by US child welfare officials after he was admitted to a local hospital with head injuries in New Jersey.

The son of Ashish Pareek, an employee of Tata Consultancy Services and resident of Jersey City, had apparently slipped from his mother’s hand and hit his head on a TV stand before falling hard on the floor, according to his family.

The baby was immediately rushed to a local hospital where he was diagnosed with serious internal injuries to his head. After initial treatment, the hospital transferred the baby, Ashvid, to another hospital where doctors reported the case to Department of Child Projection and Permanency (DCPP).

Local authorities had said that the child suffered from “shaken baby syndrome” and had not agreed with the parents’ version that the little boy had hurt himself when he fell off the bed while playing.

The New Jersey DCPP had said that the parents neglected to take proper care of their child.

The child had received treatment at the Children’s Specialised Hospital in New Jersey but the parents were not given permission to meet their son while in hospital.

After the recovery, the baby was handed over by child welfare officials to foster care last week.

The parents have said that it was an accident and deny claims by US authorities that they had tried to harm the child, according to Pareek’s family.

Pareek’s wife Vidisha delivered the baby in October. They have been living in the US since August.

The Indian consulate here is in contact with authorities as well as the child’s parents but said legal procedures will have to be followed in the case since it has gone to court.

Location: United States, New York