Death sentence upheld for maid who killed her employer’s baby

The Indonesian maid previously claimed she dropped the child by mistake and only confessed to the murder while under duress.

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ABU DHABI// A maid who murdered her employer’s four-month-old baby girl by smashing her head on a table had her death sentence upheld by the Appeals Court on Tuesday.

The court heard that S T, from Indonesia, took the baby, named Malak, from the bedroom that was fitted with CCTV cameras, then smashed the infant’s head against a wooden table.

She then returned the baby to its crib four minutes later.

S T had waited for her co-worker, the baby’s Filipina nanny, to use the bathroom before attacking the child.

She later confessed to have killed the baby to get back at the nanny, with whom she had a rivalry. She said she pictured the nanny’s face every time she looked at the baby.

Police investigations also found that at the time of the attack, S T was suffering from emotional issues after her fiance left her for another woman.

She was sentenced to death by the criminal court last September.

In the Appeals Court, S T denied deliberately harming the child, saying she had only dropped the baby by mistake.

Her lawyer argued that she was under severe emotional pressure and fatigue when she confessed.

hdajani@thenational.ae

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