The Tamil Nadu government has constituted a four-member special committee to
inquire into the mysterious case of a baby catching fire on its own in
According to Rajeswari and Karna from T. Parangini in Villupuram
district, their second son, who was born on January 9, 'caught fire' on January
The parents made news in 2013 when
the child's older brother was reportedly diagnosed with the same condition.
As part of the investigation, the 10-day-old baby was brought to the Kilpauk
Medical College and Hospital from the Villupuram Medical College Hospital by a
special neo-natal ambulance on Saturday night.
KMC dean Dr N Gunasekaran, and comprise chief pediatrician Dr Sathya
Moorthy, chief plastic surgeon Dr Nirmala Ponnambalam and chief psychiatrist Dr
Raja Rathinam will head the investigation committee.
Gunasekaran said the results were normal when they conducted blood,
creatinine and electrolyte tests on the infant. "The child suffered burns on
the legs. Today morning, the wound swab culture was sent for tests to detect
bacterial infection if any. The results will be known after 48 hours," he said.
The dean added that the committee would discuss on Monday about further
investigation procedures. Karnan, the child's father, said his mother-in-law
advised them not to visit Chennai for treatment. "My wife also supported her
mother. They wanted to avoid Chennai because of the media glare. But I insisted
on coming here for better treatment," he said.
Meanwhile, Health Minister Dr C Vijaya Baskar and secretary J Radhakrishnan
along with the dean checked on the baby.