Sharjah baby, beaten up by maid, dies in hospital
Sharjah - Salama had arrived in critical condition, with internal bleeding in the brain and lungs, a fractured skull, and difficulty breathing. She was immediately put on life support and artificial respiration systems.
A nine-month-old Emirati baby girl who was tortured and beaten by her family's Indonesian maid died early on Wednesday morning at Al Qasimi hospital.
Dr. Khalid bin Sabt, Deputy Technical Director of the hospital, told Khaleej Times that Salama's heart stopped followed by a multi system failure. Medical staff tried for 45 minutes to revive her heart without success. "The baby was hospitalised for two weeks, and the staff did everything possible to save her life," he said.
Salama had arrived in critical condition, with internal bleeding in the brain and lungs, a fractured skull, and difficulty breathing. She was immediately put on life support and artificial respiration systems.
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Salama's devastated father Salim Al Mazami said the family is shocked and is in mourning, and that they never expected their maid to do such a thing, as she had been treated with all humanity and respect and given all her rights under their employment.
Demanding the toughest punishment for the maid, he expressed confidence in the fact that the Sharjah court would do the family justice.
"We installed cameras everywhere in the house expect the bedroom, and the maid beat the girl inside the bedroom," said the father.
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Al Mazami also urged other parents not to leave their children alone with maids, or depend on them completely, and instead ask extended family members for help with child care.
Salama and her three-year-old elder sister were being looked after by their mother, a housewife, and the maid. Their father, who works in the Abu Dhabi military force, said his wife called him two weeks ago saying Salama is in coma, and they rushed her to Al Qasimi hospital.
Advocate Juma Maleeh of Sharjah court said all evidence points to the maid's guilt. After Salama's demise, the maid will be charged with the crime of murder, and not attempted murder.
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