Police arrested two women for stealing a five-month-old male child from Kallakurichi Government Hospital, within seven hours of committing the crime on Friday.

The accused have been identified as Saraswathi (25) and her mother Palaniammal (58) of Ka. Palapattu.

Police said K.Maheswari brought her child five-month-old son Agathian to the hospital for treatment. However, she developed giddiness while waiting at the children’s ward . She handed over the child to a woman standing next to her in the queue and went to take rest at some distance.

When she returned after a while, the child and the woman were missing. The accused were identified based on a CCTV clip and arrested within seven hours.