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The baby in this video was born with a rare genetic disorder named ‘Collodion’ in Madhya Pradesh’s Ratlam


A post containing a video of an infant is being shared on social media, which says ‘a strange child was born in Uttarpradesh’s Shamili’. It further reads, ‘the child did not die even after injecting 50 poisons, then was buried after slitting his throat.‘ Let us verify the claim made in the post.

Claim: Strange child born in Shamili, Uttarpradesh, was killed by slitting his/her throat.

Fact: The infant was born in Madhya Pradesh’s Ratlam with a rare genetic disorder. In medical terms, the baby is called a ‘Collodion baby’. There is no evidence that the infant was killed by slitting his/her throat. Hence the claim made in the post is MISLEADING.

After searching with relevant keywords on the internet, we could not find any reports about such a baby being born in Uttar Pradesh. Further research led us to a Facebook post with similar visuals. The description of the mentions that the incident happened in Madhya Pradesh.

We searched the internet and found a few related news articles with this information. We also found a story by ETV Bharath which contains the same video as our original post.

According to the reports, a baby with a rare genetic condition called ‘Collodion’ was born in Ratlam’s Civil hospital in Madhya Pradesh. These reports can be read here, here and here. Hence, it can be concluded that the incident had happened in Madhya Pradesh and not in Uttar Pradesh. We found no reports on the internet that prove the kid was poisoned 50 times and eventually killed by slitting his/her throat. More information about Collodion babies can be found here and here

To summarise, an incident of a baby born with a rare genetic disorder named Collodion in Madhya Pradesh is shared as an incident from Uttar Pradesh with a false narrative.


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