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Baby stabbed 100 times with screwdriver

A two-day-old baby girl was stabbed more than 100 times with a screwdriver and dumped near a temple in India.Police hunting the newborn’s parents say her injuries were so extreme they initially thought she had been mauled to death by animals, The Sun reports.But an autopsy found the infant had at least 100 puncture wounds…

A two-day-old baby girl was stabbed more than 100 times with a screwdriver and dumped near a temple in India.

Police hunting the newborn’s parents say her injuries were so extreme they initially thought she had been mauled to death by animals, The Sun reports.

But an autopsy found the infant had at least 100 puncture wounds caused by a screwdriver.

A member of the public raised the alarm after finding the tiny baby wrapped in a shawl by the side of a temple in the Ayodhya Nagar area of in the central Indian city of Bhopal.

The newborn girl – who has yet to be identified – had been dumped next to the religious site, which is in the state of Madhya Pradesh.

Police believe she had been born at home before being abandoned.

Ayodhya Nagar police station house officer Renu Murab told local media his officers had received a call at 7am last Thursday.

Officers said the tot’s body was “pockmarked with puncture wounds,” reported The Times of India.

Police are scanning CCTV for clues to find the baby’s killer, while searching for her identity.

The city of Bhopal is no stranger to tragedy.

It is renowned for one of the world’s worst industrial disasters after at least 3,800 people were killed and more than 500,000 injured in a gas leak at a pesticide plant in 1984.

Meanwhile, a two-day-old baby girl died in the same Indian state of Madhya Pradesh in February, after being found stabbed six times in her neck, chest and abdomen.

Earlier this month, a newborn baby girl was found abandoned in a rubbish dump in the southern Indian city of Bangalore and died in hospital of her injuries from being bitten by rats.

India has one of the world’s highest female infanticide rates where girls can be seen as a financial burden to poverty-stricken families due to the dowry system.

This article originally appeared in The Sun and is republished with permission.

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