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9-month-old boy arrested in attempted murder no longer wanted by police

By Sophia Saifi and Aliza Kassim, CNN
updated 5:31 AM EDT, Sat April 12, 2014
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • The boy was previously booked and fingerprinted in Lahore
  • Official: Police had come to the boy's home to collect an unpaid gas bill
  • A police official was suspended after media reported the story

Islamabad, Pakistan (CNN) -- A 9-month-old Pakistani boy who was booked in connection with an attempted murder case is no longer wanted by police, his family's lawyer said.

Days earlier, the baby had bawled as he was fingerprinted in Lahore after his family members allegedly threw bricks at police trying to collect an unpaid bill.

The ordeal started February 1 when several police officers and a bailiff went to a home hoping to get payment for a gas bill, said Atif Zulfikar Butt, a senior police official in Lahore.

A scuffle ensued, during which the infant's father, one of his teenage sons and others in the residence severely injured some of the officials by tossing bricks their way, according to Butt.

That led authorities to seek out those in the house. An official document aired by CNN affiliate GEO News shows charges of stoning and attempted murder.

How and why the baby was implicated was unclear, though the Lahore police official acknowledged that the child appeared in court Wednesday and was booked as his grandfather held him.

Following media coverage of the incident, Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif directed police to immediately suspend a Pakistani official for registering the case against the baby boy, according to police.

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