Kanjiramkulam, Thiruvananthapuram: A 23-year-old woman, who abandoned her 11-month-old child on the verandah of a roadside shopping center before eloping with her paramour was tracked down and arrested by the police here on Thursday.
The accused, Rosemary, resident of Puthiyathura, and her lover Purayadathil Sajan, 27, were nabbed by a police team led by Kanjiramkulam SI C C Prathapchandran. A local court remanded both to judicial custody.
After leaving the infant beside the Askahaya Shopping Complex on the Salem-Kanyakumari Highway, near Alummoodu in Neyyattinkara around 4.30 am on Thursday, Rosemary phoned her parents and informed that she was eloping with her lover to get married. She also told them about the location where the child was abandoned. Her relatives immediately reached the spot and brought the child back home.
As per police records, the family spotted the child lying on the premises of the shopping complex at 5.50 am.
The police launched a manhunt for the duo immediately, and managed to take them into custody around 5.50 pm from Azhimala near Vizhinjam.
Rosemary, whose husband works abroad, told the police that she was coerced into abandon the child and run away from home by Sajan. Her husband, who had visited home around four months ago, flew down on Wednesday after being informed that the child was missing.
Though the police advised Rosemary to return home, she refused to accept the child or reunite with her husband.
According to the police, Sajan is a habitual offender with many cases of street brawls, thefts, chain-snatching, and ganja peddling pending against him. Cases have been registered against him in the Poovar, Kanjiramkulam and Vizhinjam police stations in the district.
Rosemary was booked under non-bailable IPC sections 317 and 34 of the juvenile justice (care and protection of children) Act 2015. These sections provide that persons having the actual charge of a child abandons or willfully neglects the child shall be punishable with imprisonment for a term ranging from three to seven years.