Dad ac­cused of killing tot

Baby’s head was bashed on ground

7 Days in Dubai - - NEWS - By Is­mail Se­bug­wa­woo @is­mailsebu is­

A man has been charged with killing his oneyear-old baby boy by de­lib­er­ately stand­ing on him af­ter smash­ing his head against the ground.

The boy’s mother, from Dji­bouti, told Abu Dhabi Crim­i­nal Court that she was chang­ing the baby's nappy in the fam­ily apart­ment when her hus­band, the boy’s fa­ther, en­tered and sat on the bed.

She claimed he de­manded that she hand him the child but she re­fused as she was still chang­ing his nappy.

“My hus­band sud­denly grabbed the child from me and held him tightly be­fore hold­ing him up on his shoul­der,” she said.

The woman said she in­sisted on him giv­ing her back the baby so she could fin­ish dress­ing him but her hus­band re­fused.

She said the man then hit the baby’s head on the ground.

“I was so shocked to see my hus­band de­lib­er­ately hit­ting my child on the ground and step-

ping on him,” she said.

She said she saw her baby was bleed­ing and his head was swollen, but the man or­dered her to keep quiet.

“One neigh­bour threat­ened to call the po­lice and then my hus­band agreed to take the baby to the hos­pi­tal," said the child’s mother.

The baby died af­ter be­ing ad­mit­ted to hos­pi­tal.

The woman told court they had fam­ily dis­putes and would of­ten ar­gue and that this might have driven the hus­band to seek re­venge on her by at­tack­ing her child.

Pros­e­cu­tors have charged the hus­band, also from Dji­bouti, with pre­med­i­tated mur­der of his son. The fa­ther de­nied the charge when he ap­peared in court. The trial has been ad­journed un­til Novem­ber 8.

‘I was so shocked to see my hus­band de­lib­er­ately hit­ting my child on the ground .’ – The baby’s mother in court

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