Attacks on children are on the rise, according to police, due to an increase in the number of carnivores lurking in the village in search of food during the harvesting season, such as jackals, wolves, and leopards.
This is the second time a child has been attacked in the same neighbourhood.
Local media reported on Monday morning that a partially chewed body of a nine-month-old baby was discovered near a pond on the outskirts of Mauzamabad Village in Lakhimpur Kheri District in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh.
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Shivani, the baby, was reportedly sleeping in the courtyard of their home with her mother. When her mother awoke, she discovered her daughter had vanished. She raised the alarm, enlisting the assistance of the police and other villagers.
On Sunday afternoon, police discovered the baby girl’s body after a day-long search. Police believe a wild animal may have taken the child and snatched her.
The autopsy report confirmed that the infant had been killed by an animal.
On July 29, a three-year-old girl was killed in the State’s Maigalganj Village, which is located in the same district.
To prevent such incidents, police have requested that the forest department conduct public awareness campaigns in the villages, urging residents not to allow their children to sleep outside.
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