Friday, April 10, 2015

Dad abandons 3-year-old daughter in forest preserve trash can (Prospect Heights, Illinois)

Dad is identified as FAIZ IKRAMULLA. Wonder if this was a custody/visitation situation...At any rate, Daddy was intent on punishing the mother by "losing" her child.

DCFS: Father put girl in forest preserve trash can to abandon her
By Duaa Eldeib Chicago Tribune

DCFS officials believe a dad put his 3-year-old girl in a trash can before abandoning her in Prospect Heights.

April 9, 2015, 8:21 PM

Preliminary results of a child welfare investigation have led officials to believe that the father of a 3-year-old girl found wandering the streets alone near a suburban forest preserve earlier this week not only left her there intentionally but left her in a trash can, authorities said Thursday.

“Initially, our investigation has shown that the father left the child in a garbage can and drove away,” said Andrew Flach, spokesman for the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services.

As DCFS officials continue to investigate the father regarding allegations of neglect, Cook County authorities also moved forward on a criminal investigation, issuing an arrest warrant Thursday for the girl’s father, Faiz Ikramulla. Ikramulla, 35, was named in a $300,000 arrest warrant for aggravated kidnapping, according to the Cook County Sheriff's Office.

Passers-by found the little girl, who was crying and waving her hands, wandering near Milwaukee Avenue and Palatine Road in Prospect Heights around 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, police said. The Van Buren County Sheriff’s Office in Michigan took Ikramulla into custody Wednesday after officials there learned that he was wanted in Illinois.

“I don’t know whether he was fleeing or not,” said Cook County sheriff’s spokeswoman Cara Smith. “It appears so, from where he ended up.”

Authorities said they believe the girl had been alone for a few hours before being found.

The sheriff’s office launched a criminal investigation into the girl’s parents, but authorities said they determined the mother had been in the process of filing missing person’s reports for both the girl and the father with Round Lake police when the girl was found.

The mother, who is cooperating with authorities, is no longer a suspect in the investigation, Smith said.

When the little girl was found, she was able to tell police her first name, but she did not know her last name or her parents’ names. She also told police that her father left her alone in the forest preserve, Smith said. DCFS has placed the girl in the care of relatives.

The father is being held at Van Buren County Jail in Michigan.