Three-month-old baby Afreen, allegedly battered and abused by her father for being born a girl, died at a hospital in Bangalore on Wednesday after suffering a cardiac arrest.
Afreen had convulsions at 10.00am and later suffered a cardiac arrest, Dr Somegowda, resident medical superintendent of Vani Vilas Hospital, where the child was admitted two days ago, said.
The baby was in a semi-comatose state after her condition deteriorated on Wednesday following two convulsions on Tuesday evening.
Afreen, who was on life support system, had hurried respiration of 30-40 per minute against the normal 20-25 and also Pathycardia (increased heart rate), Gowda said.
Speaking to reporters, hospital authorities said Afreen was getting convulsions and bleeding which aggravated the cardiac arrest, leading to the baby's death at 11.10am.
Vani Vilas hospital had sought help from the National Institute of Mental Health and Neuro Sciences (NIMHANS) for Afreen's treatment.
Her father Umar Farooq, who allegedly tortured the baby because he wanted a boy, is in judicial custody till April 21. He was arrested on April 8 on a complaint by Afreen's mother Reshma, who allegedly witnessed the abuse and wants the hardest punishment for him.