Boy burned for a ticket back home
Maid accused of pouring boiling water over child to get repatriated
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