Maid refused holiday 'suffocated baby as she slept'

Parents return home to find only child dead, autopsy shows girl was suffocated

32 Gulf News

Dubai: A housemaid was arrested for murdering her sponsors’ baby by suffocating her with a wet rag as she slept, a top police official said.

The official said the baby’s Indian parents in their 30s, who live in the Al Qusais area, returned from work on Sunday to find their only child dead.

“They thought that it was a natural death but relatives insisted they take their dead baby to the hospital,” the official added.

The girl’s body was transferred to Dubai Police’s forensic medicine department. An autopsy found the cause of death to be suffocation.

The police official said the housemaid, who is in her 20s, is suspected of using a wet rag to suffocate the girl while she slept.

The official said CID launched an investigation and questioned the housemaid who said that she had been upset because her sponsors had prevented her from going on vacation to her home country.

The housemaid told police her sponsor refused to let her go because the child’s mother had started her new job five months earlier and he was unable to take leave from work.

“We suspected that the housemaid murdered the child,” police said.

Police said the housemaid initially denied having anything to do with the death of the child. Later on she confessed to the crime and said she thought the baby’s death would enable her to take leave.

The housemaid is being detained at Al Qusais Police Station and the case has been transferred to the public prosecution.



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When I read all the comments I would just like to tell you all: Howladies in Europe handle kids and job?! Did you ever think about? For usin Germany it is a shame to not be able to handle both. We neither havea housemaid nor a nanny, and both, wife and husband are working. How wehandle? With the support of the nurseries, which are open from 06.00 am- 06.00 pm, with part time jobs and with a paid maternity/paternityleave of minimum 1 year, up to 3 years. And don't tell me now, a motherhas to stay home, it is nonsense. I love my parents, my parents love me,I didn't miss anything in my life! So stop this stupid argumentationthat the Mom has to stay home and she does not love her kid etc etc.


22 January 2014 17:08jump to comments