Fam­ily de­mand jus­tice af­ter ‘at­tack’

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A baby girl who was al­legedly beaten by her fam­ily’s maid has died in hos­pi­tal.

Nine-month-old Salamah Al Mazmi passed away at 6am yes­ter­day af­ter two weeks in a crit­i­cal con­di­tion.

Dr Khalid Khal­fan bin Sabt, Deputy Tech­ni­cal Di­rec­tor of Al Qas­simi Hos­pi­tal, said: “Salamah was suf­fer­ing from se­vere brain dam­age, a brain haem­or­rhage and breath­ing dif­fi­cul­ties.

“De­spite the ef­forts of a team of doc­tors and paramedics, Salamah’s heart stopped beat­ing.”

The child’s body has been trans­ferred to a foren­sic lab­o­ra­tory for fur­ther in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

Her fa­ther, Salem, was among the grieving fam­ily that gath­ered at the hos­pi­tal yes­ter­day.

Essa Oth­man, 63, Salamah’s grand­fa­ther, told 7DAYS: “Fu­neral prayers will be held at Al Sa­haba Mosque.

“I can’t be­lieve this hap­pened to Salem By Nawal Al Ramahi and his child. I hope the maid gets the death penalty.”

Ahmed Essa, Salem’s brother, added: “Our heart­bro­ken fam­ily de­mands jus­tice.” Salem, 28, spoke to 7DAYS last week and said: “My heart bleeds for my daugh­ter. Things like this should not hap­pen.

“We are in a state of shock; never ex­pected this to hap­pen to our child who was born with a beau­ti­ful smile.”

Po­lice in the Al Wa­sit area of Shar­jah were alerted about the case when Salamah was rushed to in­ten­sive care on July 13.

One of the do­mes­tic work­ers, a 27-year-old In­done­sian wo­man, has ad­mit­ted she as­saulted Salamah, of­fi­cers said. Po­lice have re­ferred her to pub­lic pros­e­cu­tion.

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