DUBAI // An unlicensed nanny accused of causing the death of a two-year-old girl by neglect has been spared prison.
Pakistani A W was handed a one-year suspended jail sentence by Dubai Criminal Court.
The court heard that the 31-year-old had advertised online and was contacted by K A, who visited A W’s flat and found other children there.
The 22-year-old Moroccan agreed to leave her daughter with A W from 7am to 3pm, despite knowing the operation was unlicensed.
K A said her child stayed with A W twice – on July 9 and 12.
On July 12, she said A W sent her photos of her child on an app to put her mind at ease. Just before 3pm that day, however, she received several calls from A W.
“She told me that my daughter was not well and wasn’t responding,” said K A. When she got to the flat she found her child having difficulty breathing and struggling to open her eyes.
“I tried to breastfeed her but she would not. Then she said ‘Mummy’ and that’s it,” said K A, who took the child to a clinic with her husband.
The toddler was given oxygen and then taken to Latifa Hospital.
Her condition worsened and she died the next day.
When doctors discovered bruises on the child’s head, A W admitted to K A that the girl had fallen from a couch while she was out of the room.
Doctors told the couple that their child had died from haemorrhaging caused by the fall.
In court in February, A W denied a charge of causing the death by failing to provide proper care.
In addition to the suspended sentence she was ordered to pay Dh200,000 in blood money to the family.