13 June 2008

Baby girl found abandoned in a mosque

A new-born baby girl was found abandoned in the ladies’ wing of a mosque in Ras Al Khaimah on Wednesday evening.

Major Aref Al Kaazi, from the Criminal Investigation Department of Ras Al Khaimah Police, said the baby was believed to have been abandoned in the mosque by her parents who left a note in Arabic stating that any good samaritan could take the new-born and look after her. He said a local woman, who had gone to the mosque for the Maghreb prayers on Wednesday, found the baby girl and informed police. The baby was taken to Saqr Hospital where the doctors declared her in good health. The hospital has been instructed to keep samples of the baby’s blood and preserve her DNA while investigations are being carried out to locate the child’s mother.

Major Nasser Soufah, in charge of crime registrations in the CID, said this was not the first time that a baby had been found abandoned. During 2005 and 2006, four infants were found abandoned, but last year no such case took place.

/Khaleej Times/

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