A court in New Jersey, U.S. has ordered that the 18-month-old Indrashish, son of Indian couple living in the city, be handed over to his maternal grandmother Pragati Basak of Gangarampur in Dakshin Dinajpur district in West Bengal. The child was taken away by the U.S. Child Welfare services from his parents after he fell from his bed and was seriously injured at his home at Parsippany Township in New Jersey on August 9, 2012.
The child is expected to be brought back to India later this week. Speaking to The Hindu over telephone from his residence in Balurghat in Dakshin Dinajpur, the child’s paternal grandfather Nirmal Krishna Saha said the release order had been signed by the court on February 14.
He said the court had earlier sought the names of relatives to whom the child could be handed over.
Indrashish, who fell from his bed, was admitted to a local hospital. His parents, Debashish and Pamela Saha, faced criminal charges and the U.S. court directed the New Jersey Department of Children and Families that the child be immediately made a ward of the court and be placed in its immediate custody, care and supervision.