Maid de­nies in­fan­ti­cide

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A house­maid stran­gled her new­born baby to death be­cause she feared be­ing jailed for be­com­ing preg­nant through an il­licit re­la­tion­ship, pros­e­cu­tors have said.

The Ethiopian wo­man went into labour and gave birth in her bath­room at the home of her em­ployer in Abu Dhabi in June.

Pros­e­cu­tors yes­ter­day told Abu Dhabi Crim­i­nal Court that the wo­man did not in­form any­one about her preg­nancy, fear­ing that her boss might sack her or even re­port to po­lice that she had an il­le­gal af­fair.

“Af­ter de­liv­er­ing the baby boy, the wo­man held his head and stran­gled him to death,” said a pros­e­cu­tor.

A foren­sic ex­pert who ex­am­ined the child’s body said in court that the wo­man must have faced dif­fi­cul­ties in de­liv­er­ing the child since she had it on her own and no one helped her.

“There were also marks on the baby’s neck,” said the By Is­mail Se­bug­waawo

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