Expat in Saudi investigated for beating infant

Published:  18 Aug at 6 PM
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Police referred the case of an Arab expatriate in his twenties to the Bureau of Investigation and Public Prosecution on the backdrop of beating up his two-month-old infant just before he tried to kill himself with a chemical substance.

A 19-year-old Syrian female, the mother of the infant, was quoted as saying to a local publication that her 25-year-old husband used to beat up the infant since his birth for reasons unknown to her.

“Every time he beat up the child I was silent and did not tell anybody for fear for myself and my child. This time the beating was so severe and caused a fracture to the child’s skull and bruises all over his body because of his biting. I told my sister, who in turn told her husband. My sister’s husband filed a complaint with Al-Aziziyah police. My child was moved to King Khaled General Hospital for treatment,” she said.

The father was taken to the same hospital for trying to commit suicide by drinking a chemical substance. The Bureau of Investigation and Public Prosecution requested the father to undergo psychological examinations at a mental health hospital.

Hail police media spokesman Maj. Sami Al-Nujaifan said a statement will soon be issued on the incident once investigations are completed.

A medical source at King Khaled General Hospital said the infant is receiving treatment in the children’s ward at the hospital, suffering from skull fracture and bruises to the face and neck, and injuries to his feet.
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