Thursday, January 14, 2016

Custodial dad may face murder charge in beating death of 3-month-old baby (Bahrain, United Arab Emirates)


Father may face murder charge for baby’s death

Thu, 14 Jan 2016

Noor Zahra

Bahrain: A Bahraini father could be charged with murder after allegedly beating to death his three-month-old child.

The GDN reported on Tuesday that the father and his wife were arrested after the infant died in hospital from severe head injuries.

It has now emerged that the woman, from the UAE, who was not the child’s mother has been released from custody without charge.

However, the 35-year-old father has been remanded in custody while investigations continue. Initial reports suggested the child was four months old, but sources told the GDN yesterday that he was actually three months old.

They added a medical examiner’s report concluded the child suffered a severe fracture to the skull from a blow to the back of the head.

The father is now due to appear at the Public Prosecution on Monday and sources said neighbours would also be summoned to give evidence.

It is understood the man’s wife could testify against him in court if the case goes to trial.

However, the father previously denied the allegations during questioning and claimed he was not present when his son suffered the fatal injury in an accident at his home.

The child, who was staying with his father because his mother was out of the country, was taken to Salmaniya Medical Complex after suffering the injury.

However, he died four days after being admitted.

The father faces a 25-year jail sentence if he is charged and convicted of murder.