Boy burned for a ticket back home

Maid ac­cused of pour­ing boil­ing wa­ter over child to get repa­tri­ated

7 Days in Dubai - - FRONT PAGE - By Is­mail Se­bug­waawo @is­mailsebu

A fa­ther has told of his hor­ror af­ter the fam­ily’s house­maid poured boil­ing wa­ter onto his son, leav­ing the boy with third-de­gree burns all over his body.

Ab­dul Fa­tal Al Mazrouqi said the at­tack on 18-month-old Mashaal (pic­tured) took place on Fri­day – one day af­ter the wo­man be­gan work at his home in Abu Dhabi.

Al Mazrouqi told 7DAYS that Mashaal was taken to Mafraq Hos­pi­tal, where he re­mains in a se­ri­ous but sta­ble con­di­tion.

The Emi­rati fa­ther said he con­fronted the In­done­sian wo­man, who he said ad­mit­ted to car­ry­ing out the crime be­cause she wanted to be de­ported to her home coun­try.

Al Mazrouqi said Mashaal was play­ing with his older broth­ers in a room ad­ja­cent to the kitchen when the in­ci­dent hap­pened.

He said: “The med­i­cal re­port showed that he sus­tained sec­ond and third-de­gree burns to his chest, ab­domen, legs and arm.

“When I asked the maid why she did such a thing to my child, she replied that she was tired of work­ing for the re­cruit­ing firm and had to com­mit a crime so she could be taken to the au­thor­i­ties and de­ported.”

He added: “I hired the maid from a re­cruit­ing firm in Al Ain and she started work­ing for my fam­ily last Thurs­day.

“They charged me Dhs14,000 for pro­vid­ing me with the maid.”

He said the agency said the wo­man had been trans­ferred from a fam­ily in Al Ain be­cause she had been mis­treated.

Po­lice have since found out her visa ex­pired five months ago and she is in the coun­try il­le­gally. Al Mazrouqi said: “Mashaal’s con­di­tion is sta­ble now. But doc­tors said the burns he sus­tained might have a great ef­fect on his life in the fu­ture, in­clud­ing re­duc­ing his chances of hav­ing chil­dren.” He said the fam­ily is con­sid­er­ing fur­ther treat­ment abroad. Al Mazrouqi claimed the agency is also cul­pa­ble. He said: “I told them I was keen on a well-be­haved per­son who could take good care of my kids. In­stead they gave me one who did this to my child.” An in­ves­ti­ga­tion is on­go­ing and the wo­man is in cus­tody.

SE­RI­OUS BUT STA­BLE: Mashaal, who is 18 months old, lies in his hos­pi­tal bed af­ter the fam­ily’s house­maid poured boil­ing wa­ter over him

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