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Father of abandoned 3-year-old Sharjah girl charged with torture

The father of the 3-year-old girl who was abandoned in Kuwait Hospital in Sharjah has been arrested and charged with torture.

The child was found at the weekend by Kuwait hospital staff and taken to the police office at the hospital. Courtesy of Sharjah Police
The child was found at the weekend by Kuwait hospital staff and taken to the police office at the hospital. Courtesy of Sharjah Police

SHARJAH // An Arab father of a three-year-old girl found abandoned at Kuwait Hospital at the weekend is being charged for abandoning and torturing her.

Col Abdul Qader Al Amiri, the acting director of Sharjah CID, said social media and newspapers contributed to quickly finding the parents of the girl identified only as Amna.

The girl was found by a woman on January 26 at midnight, crying and wandering in the hospital. The woman calmed her down and handed her over to the police after she could not locate the child’s parents.

The police said a medical checkup revealed that the girl has been beaten and tortured, and she had burns on her body.

The police arrested her father from a resort in Fujairah.

During the interrogation, the father told police he left his daughter at the hospital thinking someone would take care of her because he was unable to look after her.

He said his first wife, who holds a foreign passport, refused to take care of his daughter and his other children.

He also said the girl’s mother was Ethiopian and benefited from the amnesty.

Amna has no identification documents and could not travel with her mother.

The father’s relatives told police that after the mother of the girl left the country the man tortured his daughter, burning and beating her and telling her that he intended to dump her in the street.

Col Al Amiri said that the forensic laboratory of Sharjah Police are doing a DNA test to confirm the relationship with the father.

These kinds of acts from parents against their children are crimes against human rights, he said.

The girl has been sent to a Sharjah social care home and her father’s case will be sent to the public prosecutors after the results of the laboratory tests.

Col Al Amiri thanked the public for sharing the story and helping to track down Amna’s parents.

ykakande@thenational.ae