x Abu Dhabi, UAEFriday 28 July 2017

Maid 'beat sponsor's baby girl to death', say Abu Dhabi Police

The three-month-old girl, Malak, was left with a fractured skull and suffered a brain haemorrhage after the maid 'managed to sneak into the baby's room and commit the crime'.

ABU DHABI // A maid is suspected of having beaten her sponsor's baby girl to death.

The three-month-old girl, Malak, was left with a fractured skull and suffered a brain haemorrhage after the maid "managed to sneak into the baby's room and commit the crime", a court document claimed.

Her mother, who is from Abu Dhabi, was home at the time.

Malak, whose father is from Saudi Arabia, died at about midnight on Saturday at Sheikh Khalifa Medical City.

Public Prosecution has ordered the police forensics department to determine the nature of her injuries and cause of death and investigate the maid's version of the story.

"The crime shook Emirati society, considering the victim was a little baby and that most families live under similar circumstances, being forced to hire maids," said a prosecution source.

Prosecution urged authorities to find an alternative for working mothers who have to leave their children in the care of others.

zalhassani@thenational.ae