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Last Updated: Wednesday, 2 February, 2005, 13:03 GMT
In pictures: Couple bid for tsunami baby
Nurse cradles tsunami 'miracle baby'
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A nurse at Kalmunai hospital in Sri Lanka cradles the child at the centre of a custody battle who was found alive under a pile of debris after the Indian Ocean tsunami.
Junitha Jeyarajah and husband Murugupillai
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Junitha Jeyarajah and her husband Murugupillai were one of nine couples who originally said the baby was theirs - and the only ones, say police, to have lodged a formal legal claim.
Emotional scenes outside courtroom
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When a court said DNA tests were necessary before the child could be handed over, the couple's relatives and supporters could not hide their distress.
Murugupillai Jeyarajah looks at 'Baby 81'
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Accompanied by supporters - and reporters - the couple rushed to the hospital ward where the baby, nicknamed "Baby 81", is being kept.
Mr Jeyarajah with wife and baby
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Mr Jeyarajah was overcome with emotion as his wife took the baby in her arms.
Couple with baby and nurse
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But the couple soon faced protests from angry hospital staff.
Ms Jeyarajah and nurse
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Ms Jeyarajah argues with a nurse, clinging to the child she claims is her own.
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"Baby 81" appears somewhat bewildered in a nurse's arms as hospital staff surround the couple.
Couple outside hospital
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The distraught couple were arrested by police for allegedly trying to snatch the child. They will have to wait for the DNA tests to verify their claim to the child.




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