Monday, March 30, 2009

Anil Aggarwal's "The Mystery of the Dead Infant" (short story, recessive genes, free): Was the newborn murdered, or was he stillborn?

A little unnamed town somewhere in lower Himalayas in India. A woman gives birth in a local hospital, & passes out. Outside the delivery room, her husband & father hear the infant's first cry.

Circumstances conspire to leave the newborn alone in the room for 5 minutes during the first 15 minutes of his life - at the end of which, he's found dead. Doctor & nurse on duty claim the boy was stillborn.

During those 5 minutes, there was a man around the delivery room who had a motive for murder. He's arrested, particularly because autopsy finds signs of strangulation around the baby's neck & the signs that the child did breath at least once after being born.

Accused claims innocence & moves mountains to ensure that there is a second autopsy. This is the story of the second autopsy & what it uncovers.

Caution: Story includes bits about human biology & related infodumps.

Fact sheet.

First published: ? Probably sometime in 1990s. Where?
Rating: B.
Download full text from author's site.
Related: Stories of Anil Aggarwal.