A newborn baby died soon after birth at a hospital in India and the child's family is alleging that negligence led to the death.  

The incident took place in Aligarh, a city in India's northern state of Uttar Pradesh. The family also said the baby's body had animal bite marks. The child's uncle said the baby girl was born healthy. But, hospital authorities showed them the baby's dead body an hour after the delivery, according to local news channel Times Now.

"We brought my sister, Sapna Kumaari, to the Kirti hospital at Ramghat Road in Atrauli on the evening of November 22 for delivery. When they showed us the baby's body about an hour after delivery, she was dead. They took her back to the freezer and when we saw her the next morning, we found animal bite marks on her face and body," Hemant Kumar, the child's uncle, alleged.

Kumar said the hospital asked them to take the infant's body for cremation after paying the hospital bill.

"They threatened us and told us not to go to the police," he claimed.

Aligarh District Magistrate has ordered a probe into the incident to find the exact cause of the death.

"The DM has ordered a probe into the incident. The Deputy Chief Medical Officer of the hospital and the Station House Officer (SHO) are looking into the allegations of the family," Sub Divisional Magistrate (SDM) Pankaj Kumar told local media outlets.

In an incident earlier this month, a newborn died after a hospital staff accidentally dropped the baby on the floor in the southern Indian city of Hyderabad. The family protested outside the hospital, demanding justice and action against the employee for negligence. 

The family admitted the mother to the hospital after she went into labor. Later that day, she gave birth to a baby boy. The nurse, who had picked up the baby, accidentally dropped him. The child was shifted to a different hospital but was declared brought dead. 

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