In what can be termed as a miracle, a toddler, who fell off a speeding jeep, survived and hours later reunited with the mother who hadn’t realised her child had slipped from her arms while she dozed off in the vehicle.
The incident took place on September 8, 2019. According to reports, 1-year-old Rohita fell from mother Sathyabhama’s lap at 5th mile check-post in Rajamala in Idukki district of Kerala at around 9.30pm, as their family was returning home after a visit to Palani temple in Tamil Nadu.
The family members had nodded off and realised that the toddler was missing only when they reached home at Mullarikudy, some 40 km from the spot. They reported to Vellathooval police and the message was passed to all nearby police stations.
CCTV footage shows the baby, after falling on the road, crawling towards a lit-up area close by, which turned out to be a forest check-post. Forest officials said the path is often frequented by wild animals, including elephants.
"Luckily, the baby crawled towards the light. If she had gone in the other direction, she would have fallen into a pit," said Munnar wildlife warden R Lakshmi, who rushed to the spot after she was contacted by checkpost officials around 10pm.
"The toddler was injured on her forehead and hands, and was crying. We admitted her to Munnar Tata Tea Hospital. On inspecting the CCTV footage at the checkpost, we found that she had fallen from a jeep. We informed Munnar police and the control room. The child was handed over to parents around 1.30am," she added.
Forester Jithendranath and two tribal guards were at the check-post. Munnar SI K S Santhosh, who also reached the hospital, helped the parents reunite with their child.
#WATCH Kerala: A one-year-old child falls out of a moving car in Munnar region of Idukki district. The girl child was later rescued and handed over to the parents. (08.09.2019) pic.twitter.com/tlI7DtsgxU
— ANI (@ANI) September 9, 2019
As mom sleeps, 1-yr-old baby falls of speeding jeep, crawls towards check-post, reunites with family hours later