A 32-year-old man, who abandoned his newborn baby at a church in Kochi, allegedly committed the offence out of the fear that he would be shamed socially for siring a fourth child, police said on Saturday.
Bitto and his wife Prabitha (28), from Thrissur district, were arrested this morning for abandoning their newborn child at St George Forane Church in Edappally last evening, they said.
The two, having four kids including the abandoned two-day-old infant, were traced from Wadakkancherry, they added.
The woman allegedly joined her husband in committing the crime before being discharged from the Government Medical College Hospital in Thrissur, where she delivered the baby.
During preliminary probe, Bitto told the investigation team that the offence was committed out of fear that they would be shamed socially for siring a fourth child, police said.
They were allegedly laughed at by friends and locals over Prabitha getting pregnant for the fourth time.
Police, however, said a detailed investigation was required to reach a final conclusion in the case.