• The baby was found dead in the early hours of Monday
  • Police said the baby was five days old
  • Authorities are searching the area for clues that can help identify the child

In a horrific incident, the body of a newborn baby was found in an open drain in the southern Indian city of Hyderabad. The baby's body was discovered in the early hours of Monday.

According to local media, residents spotted the body and alerted the local police. Authorities sent out a team to recover the body, after which it was sent for an autopsy to determine if the infant was dumped after being killed or was alive at the time of being abandoned.

"The dead body of a 5 day old baby girl was found in open water channel (Nala) at Subhodaya colony of Kapra area on Monday. Local residents noticed it and informed the police. We have recovered the body and sent it for a postmortem. A case has been registered. The baby girl is not identified yet," Anantha Chary, Additional Inspector, Kushaiguda Police Station reportedly said.

Police are searching the area for other clues that can help identify the child.

The body was taken to Osmania General hospital morgue, The Hindu reported. Other details about the incident are yet to be revealed as an investigation is ongoing.

In a recent similar incident, a newborn baby was found dead with multiple stab wounds near a temple in the central Indian state of Madhya Pradesh. The body of the two-day-old girl was wrapped in a shawl, local media reports said. Officials said the girl was likely delivered at home and then her body was dumped at the scene.

Following an investigation, police found the infant's maternal grandmother and grandfather killed the child. Local police said the mother of the child had the baby out of wedlock, which angered the family, The Times of India reported. After the child was born, the mother's parents stabbed the newborn with a surgical knife and disposed of the body near the temple.

Police said that those responsible for the death of the newborn have been arrested.

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