Maid gets 3-year jail term for killing baby – Gulfnews

March 14th, 2009 Print Print Email Email

Abu Dhabi: A 19-year-old Ethiopian maid, who strangulated her newborn baby and buried the body in her employer’s garden, has been sentenced to three years imprisonment, followed by deportation, on charges of murder and attempt to hide evidence.

The crime was discovered when the employer’s wife took the maid to a medical centre in Abu Dhabi, after she noticed blood stains in her room. The medical centre confirmed that she had been pregnant and had delivered the baby.

The employer handed her over to the agency that had supplied the maid. On further medical examination at Saqr Hospital, Ras Al Khaimah, it was confirmed the maid had delivered a full-term baby.

The employer then launched a hunt for the baby’s body and found a suspicious looking mound of sand in the back garden. She informed the police who discovered the body buried in the sand.

Forensic tests of the corpse revealed that the baby boy was full term and alive when he was strangled.

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