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UAE: Indonesian maid sentenced to death for killing baby girl

Nine-month-old Salama died two weeks after being admitted to hospital with severe injuries, which the family blamed on the Asian housemaid

A housemaid convicted of murdering a baby girl in her employer’s house here will be executed, according to a sentence handed down by the Sharjah Sharia Court of First Instance on Monday morning.

The 30-year-old Indonesian woman was convicted of premeditated murder of nine-month-old Salama Al Mamzi who the court found was beaten by the maid and then rushed to Al Qasimi Hospital in July 2016 with severe injuries.

The baby lapsed into a coma and languished in hospital for two weeks but succumbed to her injuries.

The deadly assault resulted in severe injuries, including a fractured skull, internal bleeding and bruises on various parts of her body, Gulf News reported earlier.

Dr Satish Krishnan, a consultant and neurological surgeon at Al Qasimi Hospital, at the time told Gulf News that the baby was in a very poor state when she was admitted to hospital and had undergone a delicate brain surgery to reduce bleeding in her brain.

Later, she was placed on life support and a ventilator.

Dr Krishnan noted at the time that baby Salama “suffered severe brain damage and was admitted to the emergency room with a very weak heart. She was unconscious and had trouble breathing. She was then admitted to the paediatric section of the hospital and underwent medical tests and CT scans.

The results showed a blood clot in her brain from an old injury.”

The trial of the maid started on January 18,2017 and the court heard that the 28-year-old maid had beat her, threw her to the ground and assaulted her with a stick.

The maid told presiding judge Dr Yaqoub Al Hammadi that she did not kill the baby girl and denied all charges.

The public prosecution has sought capital punishment for the defendant.

Eisa Al Mazmi, the baby’s father, who works in a government department in Abu Dhabi, and his wife Huda, told Gulf News previously that they were seeking the toughest punishment against the maid possible.

The mother said that she did not attend the trial as she could not bear to see the alleged killer.

Salama’s twin had died 12 days after birth, according to the parents.

The couple has a five-year-old girl and a two-year-old boy, born after Salama’s death.

Source: Gulf News, March 26, 2018

Death penalty for maid who murdered employer’s baby daughter

Salama Al Mazmi
She was convicted of premeditated murder after medical reports and in-depth investigations proved the nine-month-old girl had been beaten

A maid who was found guilty of torturing a nine-month-old baby girl to death has been sentenced to death by Sharjah Criminal Court.

The Indonesian woman, 30, was convicted of premeditated murder after medical reports and in-depth investigations proved that the Emirati girl had been brutally beaten by the maid, leading to the girl’s death, according to court documents.

In July 2016, the girl, Salama Al Mazmi, was admitted to Al Qasimi Hospital for two weeks due to severe bruises and injuries, including fractures to her skull. Salama sucummbed to her injuries and was pronounced dead at the hospital.

Essa Al Mazmi, Salama’s father, previously told The National that he was seeking the toughest punishment against his daughter’s killer.

“I will never forget what she did to my baby girl,” he said.

The child’s mother said that on day of the incident she left her baby with the maid and left the house.

“When I came back from my outing after 30 minutes, I found Salama in a very bad shape. Suddenly she fell unconscious and I rushed her to hospital,”said the Emirati, adding the maid was the only person in the house.

“We have other maids in the family, however, none of them are allowed to enter our home. The defendant is the only one allowed to be around my child,” she said.

Dr Satish Krishnan, a senior consultant and neurological surgeon at Al Qassimi Hospital, said the girl was unconscious and not breathing when she arrived at hospital.

“Emergency teams resuscitated her and once she started to breathe and was stabilised, a CT scan was carried out and found a blood clot in her brain from an old injury. The scan revealed a skull fracture and broken rib from a previous injury.”

The pleaded not guilty to a murder charge last year.

Source: The National, March 26, 2018

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