The two-month-old baby of Ashish Pareek, a Tata Consultancy Service employee living in Jersey City, New Jersey, and his wife Vidisha, has been placed in foster care after the infant was taken to hospital with severe head injuries.
In a report NDTV said that Ashish Pareek, originally from Jaipur, has been living and working with TCS as a project manager in Jersey City along with his wife since August 2015. His wife delivered the baby in October. The report said Mrs. Pareek was carrying the baby at home when he slipped from her hands, said her husband’s brother, Abhishek Pareek, to NDTV in Jaipur.
The report did not say when the baby slipped from her hands, not in which hospital was the baby taken. It was also not mentioned in the report if the parents were charged with any criminal negligence except what was described as shaking baby syndrome by the parents in a letter to the Indian Government seeking help. “After treatment at two hospitals, the baby, Ashvid, reportedly recovered, but was handed over by child welfare officials to foster care,’ it said.
Abhishek Pareek said that the baby hit his head on a TV stand and fell hard on the floor and was rushed by Mrs. Pareek to hospital where he was diagnosed with serious internal injuries to his head.
“It was an accident but the U.S. authorities are saying that our family tried to harm the child. U.S. authorities are saying the child has been treated in an inhuman way and so cannot be handed over to the parents. But this is untrue, it was an accident,” Abhishek Pareek was quoted as saying.
In 2012, two children of an Indian couple living in Norway were placed in foster care, creating a huge diplomatic row between the countries. India said child welfare officials were culturally insensitive to the traditions of Indian parents.
Ashish Pareek has sent a letter to External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj requesting help to get the child’s custody and pleaded for Indian Government’s intervention.