A newborn boy suffered gashes on his face and other body parts after being bitten by a cat in a government hospital here, his parents have alleged.
Hospital authorities, however, denied the charge saying the baby was suffering from a rare disorder.
Police on Wednesday said they have filed a case under IPC Section 338 (causing grievous hurt by act endangering life or personal safety of others).
In his complaint, the baby’s father Y Veeresh, a native of Mahabubnagar district, said the boy had no injures when he was born in the maternity hospital at Petlaburj area on November 18.
However, when they saw the baby yesterday, deep cuts were visible on his face and other body parts, he said.
Veeresh alleged the hospital authorities had not allowed them to see the infant after November 18 and said the injuries may be a result of cat bite.
Charminar Police Inspector Mohan Kumar said following the complaint they have registered a case and were inquiry into the matter. “As of now we have filed a case but not named anyone.”
A petition has also been filed before the Andhra Pradesh State Human Rights Commission seeking necessary action in the incident.
However, hospital authorities refuted Veeresh’s allegations and maintained the baby was suffering from ‘amniotic band syndrome’.
“Immediately after the baby was born, his parents were informed that baby was suffering from amniotic band syndrome, a rare phenomena causing disfiguring of body parts.
“We gave proper treatment and the baby was then taken by parents to their village,” a senior health official of the hospital said.