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Abu Dhabi, UAEFriday 22 June 2018

Death penalty for maid who murdered employer’s baby daughter 

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

Salama Al Mazmi, who died after allegedly being beaten by her family's maid. Courtesy Government of Sharjah
Salama Al Mazmi, who died after allegedly being beaten by her family's maid. Courtesy Government of Sharjah

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.

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“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.