Dubai Nanny accused of strangling baby with scarf

Published: May 2, 2014

File photo: In this Monday, April 21, 2014 photo, people walk past a sand statue depicting famous landmarks of the city at the beach in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. An Indian nanny in Dubai is standing trial for allegedly strangling an 11-month-old baby. AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili

IANS

Dubai  – An Indian nanny in Dubai has been accused of strangling an 11-month-old baby girl to death with her scarf because she was denied time off to go back to her home country, media reported.

The 29-year-old woman initially denied all accusations, but later confessed to prosecution investigators that she killed the baby because she was in a difficult position because her mother passed away in India a month earlier, the Khaleej Times reported.

According to prosecution records, the nanny allegedly planned the crime Jan. 18 and waited for her employer to leave for work at 10 a.m.

She then allegedly brought a scarf and tied it around the baby’s neck, killing her around 11 a.m., then carried on with her daily chores.

The nanny is then said to have called the 36-year-old mother to tell her the baby was not waking up and had breathing difficulties.

According to the parents, they treated her as a family member.

“We treated her so well. She was like a sister to me. We ate on the same table,” the mother told The National.

“We celebrated her birthday and took her out for an ice-cream treat after we bought her some gifts,” the sobbing husband added.

A forensics report confirmed there was a bruise around the baby’s neck from a tightened scarf and that she had bruising around her mouth from being gagged.

The next hearing is scheduled for May 22.

IANS 2014-05-02 18:04:04

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