Kakkanad/Kolenchery: The police investigating the torture of a three-year-old child who is now battling for its life at the Medical College Hospital in Kolenchery are now focusing on the male friend of the child’s aunt. The man, a resident of Puthuvype, reportedly visited the child’s house at Thengode in Kakkanad regularly to meet the child’s aunt and stayed there overnight.
He had told neighbours that he was married to the sister of the child’s mother. Apart from the child, her mother and aunt, the grandmother also lived in the rented flat. Soon after the child was admitted to the hospital, the man’s phone was switched off.
Meanwhile, the child’s father told the police that the Puthuvype native, his sister-in-law and her mother could be involved in the attack on the youngster. The child’s parents are estranged and the father lives elsewhere.
Contradictory statements by the child’s mother and grandmother have confused the police. According to them, a chip was inserted into the child’s body to leak secrets from their house. The child displayed extraordinary powers due to this, they claimed.
Incidentally, the police learnt that the child’s family maintained no contact with neighbours. A family living in the adjacent apartment told the police that they were not aware that there was a three-year-old child next door.
At the same time, the condition of the child, who is still on ventilator support, witnessed a slight improvement on Tuesday. However, the child is still not out of danger, said doctors. “An MRI scan showed that the bleeding in the brain has lessened,” they said.