Mystery shrouds death of newborn twins

UMM AL QUWAIN — Mystery shrouds the deaths of newborn identical twin girls whose 38-year-old Sudanese mother was found lying on the infants in their house in Falaj Almoalla here on August 2.

By Mohsen Rashid And Amira Agarib

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Published: Sat 9 Aug 2008, 1:11 AM

Last updated: Sun 5 Apr 2015, 5:01 PM

The forensic report said the twins had died of suffocation.

According to a police source, the uncle of the twins informed the police about the tragedy around 11am on August 2.

The Sudanese father of the twins, Abu Aqasim A., who works as a driver in a transportation company, told reporters that he received a call around 10am from his six-year old daughter who informed him that her mother had fainted.

“I immediately contacted my brother to rush to my house and check what was the matter. He found my wife lying over the twins.”

Aqasim's brother immediately called for the ambulance that shifted the mother and the twins to Umm Al Quwain Hospital. The doctors declared the twins brought dead and admitted the mother in the Emergency Ward.

Aqasim said he had been married for seven years and had a six-year-old daughter. He arrived in the UAE over two years ago and could bring his wife and daughter to the UAE on residence visas only in March this year. When they arrived, he was shocked to learn that his wife was pregnant.

She gave birth to the identical twins on July 11. Aqasim said he had accepted the twins as his own.

In his statement to the police, he said that he had been a good father to "his" three children.

He said his wife had gone into some kind of depression soon after the delivery of the twins. Before leaving home for work on the day of the incident, he had asked her if she required anything. "There was no response and I presumed she was sleeping."

The police are yet to interrogate the mother who is still in the hospital because she is not in a condition to speak.

The public prosecution has already interrogated Aqasim and his brother who informed the police about the incident but no charges have been framed against anyone.

A neighbour of the family who had visited them recently said the mother had been happy and cheerful after the delivery of the twins.

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