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Father’s fate not clear in baby case
BY FOAD ALI January 27, 2018
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ABU DHABI: The Abu Dhabi Court of Appeal has adjourned the case of a father charged with killing his 12-month-old baby on Nov.20.

The defendant’s lawyer, Mohammed Abdullah Al Buraiki, said that his client denied the charge against him since the beginning of the investigations and before the court too. He confirmed that it was an unintentional act, and was a result of a scuffle between the defendant and his wife about carrying the baby. The statement also matched the statement of the complainant (mother of the child). Accordingly, he requested the court to acquit the accused of the charge against him.

The Abu Dhabi Court of First Instance had earlier convicted the father of murdering his infant son and sentenced him to 10 years in jail, and ordered him to pay diya to the child’s mother, after modifying the description of the charge from murder to beating that led to death.

The details of the case date back to the time when the father killed his baby in front of his mother during an argument between them.

He dropped the child on the ground when he was carrying him on his shoulder, causing a spasm of the child and the size of his head to swell, after which he started bleeding. The child was transferred to a hospital, but he died upon his arrival at the hospital.

During the hearings in the Court of First Instance, the mother of the child said that the child was in her hands when the father entered the room where she was sitting. She then placed the child on the bed to change the diaper. The father sat on the edge of the bed and the child began to creep up close to his father who tried to take the child in his arms. But the mother refused to do so until she finished changing the diaper for the child.

During this tiff the father carried the child on his shoulder and the mother repeatedly asked her husband to put the child down until she finished putting on his clothes. But the father refused to give the child to his mother, instead dropped the child from his shoulder to the ground.

The mother pointed out that she was shocked by the scene, and when she watched her child in a state of spasm, she started screaming. The defendant rebuked her and asked her to keep silent, and then he closed the door. The babysitter and one of her relatives tried to open the door, but he pushed the door strongly. The victim’s mother continued screaming and asked for help. The size of the child’s head began to swell and blood began to ooze from it. Then the mother asked the babysitter to call her neighbours, while the father asked them not to interfere.

When one of the neighbours threatened to inform the police, the defendant agreed to take the child to the hospital, but he died upon his arrival.

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