Two more babies died overnight, taking the toll in the neonatal ICU at Kempegowda Institute of Medical Sciences (KIMS), Bangalore, India.
The parents accused the authorities of negligence and parents of 12 of the remaining 14 babies immediately took away their infants.
Two baby boys had died on the same day. A five-day-old baby girl, admitted to hospital three days ago also died later during the day. Doctors said the baby was on ventilator due to a condition called Oligohydramnios, caused by the mother's deficiency of amniotic fluid.
Another newborn daughter of Bhagyalakshmi suffered convulsions and died of asphyxiation. Doctors said the mother was diabetic, and the infant had developed complications. "The babies died because of different medical conditions," said Madhu Shankar L, Administrative medical officer, KIMS.
Despite the arguments, the grieving families didn't file a police complaint. The bodies of the babies are still at the morgue but there has been no request from their families to conduct an autopsy. Denying negligence, hospital authorities cited the parents' refusal to file complaints, to buttress their claim.
Police said despite making calls to families of the dead babies, they were not ready to come forward to file a complaint.
Alarmed by the death of four babies in less than 48 hours, health minister UT Khader directed the department to form a committee of specialists to probe the case.