x Abu Dhabi, UAESunday 23 July 2017

Abu Dhabi court reduces life sentence of woman who killed newborn

A woman who strangled her newborn baby to death has had life sentence reduced to 10 years.

ABU DHABI // A woman who strangled her newborn baby to death with her underwear had her life sentence reduced to 10 years by the Appeals Court.

The woman, a Filipina, gave birth in her bathroom before killing the baby, wrapping it in plastic and dumping it in a bin.

She claimed she had merely been cleaning blood off the baby's neck after the birth, but fainted and strangled the baby by mistake.

However, a forensics doctor found the underwear was tied so tightly around the newborn's neck scissors were required to cut it off.

hdajani@thenational.ae