Maid charged for torturing 9-month-old to death in UAE

Maid charged for torturing 9-month-old to death in UAE

Sharjah - The maid had beaten up the girl intentionally and then pushed her on the floor



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Amira Agarib

Published: Thu 19 Jan 2017, 9:55 AM

Last updated: Thu 19 Jan 2017, 4:36 PM

A housemaid has been charged with premeditated murder for torturing her employer's nine-month-old daughter to death.
The trail of the 28-year-old Indonesian maid started on Wednesday in the presence of the baby's father while the mother was absent from the court hearing.
According to the prosecution the maid had beaten up the girl intentionally and then pushed her on the floor. Then she hit her head with a bat used to kill house flies. The girl sustained fractures on her skull and later succumbed to her injuries at the hospital.
The severely assaulted baby who was suffering from breathing difficulties, was referred to Al Qassimi Hospital.
The doctors conducted necessary medical tests, which revealed internal bleeding in her head and a swollen-fractured skull. The girl died after her admission at the ICU.
However, the maid denied the accusation, though during the police interrogation she admitted telling the mother that she abused the girl. The maid rejected the testimonies of the mother and said that her only responsibility was to feed the baby and take care of her.
Read: Sharjah baby, beaten up by maid, dies in hospital
 
The victim's father told Khaleej Times that the doctor who noticed bruises and fractures in the skull had told him about the possibility of torture. So he immediately lodged a complaint at the Wasit Police Station.

Accused says baby fell from her handsAccording to the Indonesian maid who was charged with premeditated murder of the 9-month old girl, the victim fell from her hands.
Noaf Abdulla, lawyer of the accused, told Khaleej Times the maid said that the baby who was crying just fell from her hands and she did not throw her on floor.
The lawyer said that they will investigate to see the cause of death as the girl had died after few days from her admission at the hospital.
She said that baby was born premature and had health problems. She was treated at the hospital and yet to talk to the accused.
He said that he suspected the maid because she was the one who stayed with the child all the time, as the girl's mother was seven months pregnant and was unable to look after her.
He also told they have installed surveillance cameras in the house except the bedrooms. He alleged that the maid who found cameras everywhere used to hit the girl in a room where there was no camera.
"We did not realise that girl had been tortured at the hands of the maid, though once we noticed bruises on her body," the father said. He took the girl to Wasit Health Centre and the doctor told him that those bruises were due to fever as the child had vaccinations.
The man added that the police had found many witchcraft tools in her possession after the arrest.
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The presiding judge Hussain Al Ousovi has adjourned the case to hear the parents testimony and confront them with the maid's version.
amira@khaleejtimes.com


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