x Abu Dhabi, UAESaturday 22 July 2017

Maid who abandoned baby jailed for a year in Dubai

Maid who who left a six-month-old baby alone while she ran away from her employer is sent to prison for a year.

DUBAI // A maid who left a six-month-old baby alone when she ran away from her employer was jailed for a year yesterday.

W N, 24, from Indonesia, was found guilty of endangering the child’s life but cleared of stealing Dh17,000 from her boss by the Criminal Court.

The baby’s parents left her with the maid on April 3 this year and went to work. The mother, Egyptian A A, 29, realised she had left an envelope containing Dh17,000 on her dresser and tried to call the maid.

When she did not answer, the mother asked her husband A M, 31, a financial manager, to check on them.

He went back to their apartment and found his baby crying, lying face down on the floor with her hat covering her face.

He picked up the infant and called his wife, who rushed home and found the envelope was missing. She suspected the maid had stolen the money but her husband disagreed.

“When I informed my husband he said there was no way that she would have taken the money because she was such a polite and religious woman,” the wife said.

The building’s security guard said he saw the maid rushing out of the apartment but he was busy and did not talk to her.

The maid denied charges of theft and deliberately endangering the life of a child, and was acquitted of the former.

She will be deported after her jail term.

salamir@thenational.ae