Police were called to reports of a dead body near train tracks in Damoh district, Madhya Pradesh, India, this morning. When the officers arrived they saw a crowd around the woman and her crying 17-month-old baby.
This is when they witnessed a crying toddler desperately trying to drink his mother’s milk, unaware that she is dead.
Monu Balmiki, 27, a witness to the sad scene said: ‘We saw a woman lying near the railway track and informed the police.
‘But when we got closer we spotted a child next to her crying and drinking her milk. It brought tears to our eyes.’
Officer Nand Ram, who is the head constable of the Government Railway Police, said: ‘The toddler was crying for his mother and on receiving no response from her; he held her and started drinking milk from her.
‘We were shocked to see it, it was very sad. The woman was lying dead while the child was sitting next to her scratchless.
‘This was something we have never seen before. It was quite emotional for us all.
Officers were called to reports of a dead body near train tracks in Damoh district, Madhya Pradesh, India
Mr Balmiki added that the body had been sent for a post-mortem and an investigation was being conducted to determine the cause of death.
He said: ‘We are suspecting an accident as she was bleeding from her nose and ears.
‘We are trying to locate the home address of the woman and trying to dig up some information about her so that her family can be informed.’
The toddler was taken to a nearby hospital for a check-up and the local Child Welfare Committee was informed.
When police arrived they saw a 17-month-old toddler and desperately trying to drink milk from his mother
An official from the hospital said: ‘The child was brought here around 10am this morning.
‘We conducted a physical examination on him and he was suffering from a cold but has been given medication.
‘He has no other complications and we’ll make sure he’s taken care of.’
They added that arrangements were being made to take the boy to an orphanage until his family are tracked down.
The toddler was taken to a nearby hospital for a check-up and was found to be in good health
Arrangements are being made to take the boy to an orphanage until his family are tracked down