Mother Sara Ege Guilty Of Murder Of Son Yaseen, 7, Beaten To Death For Not Learning Koran
A mother who beat her son to death for failing to learn the Koran by heart, murdered him and burned his body to hide the evidence, a jury has found.
Sara Ege, 33, treated son Yaseen like a "dog," brutally beating him with a stick for failing to memorise religious texts.
The bright seven-year-old died in July 2010 from internal injuries caused by three months of punishing beatings from his own mother.
His death was treated as a terrible tragedy in the aftermath of the blaze but it was quickly found he was dead before it was set.
Ege accused her own husband of being the real killer throughout her murder trial at Cardiff Crown Court.
DHS Social Worker in Khalil Wimes Case Removed
By Mike Newall, Inquirer staff writer
April 25, 2012
Source: The Philadelphia Inquirer
The city removed a social worker from active casework Tuesday after The Inquirer
revealed repeated failures by the city’s Department of Human Services to intervene
in the ongoing abuse of 6-year-old Khalil Wimes that ended with his parents being
charged with his murder.
In announcing the step involving the social worker, Mayor Nutter also said DHS would
review all child-welfare cases handled by the worker and her supervisor.
“Our hearts are very heavy for Khalil,” Nutter said, adding, “We will conduct a
complete review of everything that happened in this case. If systemic changes are
required, we will make them.” Read More
Police to Investigate 911 Calls from Murder Victim
By Ed Reilly
April 25, 2012
Source: WKBW News
(Buffalo, NY) On the night of April 17th, Buffalo Police say 40-year old Ali Mohamad
Mohamud tied up his step-son, stuffed a sock in his mouth, covered it with duct
tape, then beat the fifth grade student to death.
An autopsy showed that 10-year old Abdifatah Mohamud died after being hit 70-times
with a rolling pin.
His Somali step-father is now facing second degree murder charges, and is being
held in custody after appearing in court for a felony hearing.
It is now being revealed, that over the past two years, several calls were made
to 911 operators from the home were the young boy lived.
On at least two occasions, it is being reported that Abdifatah call 911 to complain
that his step-father was harming him.
Police responded, but no one was arrested. Read More
How City Agencies Failed to Save 6-year-old Khalil
By Mike Newall, Inquirer Staff Writer
Date: April 24, 2012
Source: The Philadelphia Inquirer
When police arrested the parents of Khalil Wimes and accused them of starving and
torturing their 6-year-old son to death, Mayor Nutter decried the boy's demise as
tragic, but said the city could not have prevented it.
Philadelphia's Department of Human Services had no official oversight - no "open
case" - for Khalil Wimes, the mayor stressed. "None," Nutter told reporters in March.
In fact, Khalil had spent the final months of his life beaten, bone thin, desperately
ill, and out of school - and DHS had failed to see what was right in front of it.
An Inquirer review of Khalil's death - including interviews with his siblings, foster
parents, and other family members, and a review of police reports, court documents,
and DHS files - found the city missed many chances to save him. Read More
Family of Slain
Iraqi-American Woman Looking for Answers a Month Later
Written by Kristina Davis
April 24, 2012
Source: UT San Diego News
el cajon — The family of an
Iraqi-American woman fatally beaten in her El Cajon home continues to wait for answers
a month after her slaying.
El Cajon police have not announced
any arrests or named any suspects in the killing of Shaima Alawadi, 32. The mother
of five died a few days after she was found unconscious with a head injury in the
dining room of her Skyview Street home on March 21.
Her sister Esmah Alawadi said Monday
that the family continues to call detectives looking for updates but is told the
case remains under investigation.
“We have not
been sleeping at night. It’s 24 hours talking about it,” said Alawadi,
who lives in Texas. “It’s restless. The only thing we want is justice
now. We lost her, at least her kids (need to) know that (police) will take care
of the person who did it.” Read More
Family of Iraqi Woman Killed in California was in Crisis, Records Show
By Will Carless and Ian Lovett
Date: April 5, 2012
Source: The New York Times
EL CAJON, Calif. — When Shaima Alawadi, an Iraqi-born mother of five, was
found bludgeoned to death in her home last month with a threatening note beside
her, many members of the large Middle Eastern immigrant population here feared a
But court documents made public this week instead reveal details
of a family in crisis, with talk of divorce and a daughter resisting an arranged
marriage, and of Ms. Alawadi’s survivors themselves coming under scrutiny
From the beginning, the El Cajon police maintained that a hate crime was only one
of the possibilities they were exploring. The search warrant affidavit, which was
released by mistake to the Web site
U-T San Diego on Wednesday and then to other media outlets on Thursday,
revealed that the police obtained warrants to search the family’s house and
two cars, as well as their phones. Read More
Dead: Iraqi Woman Who Was Severely Beaten In California Home Dies
March 24, 2012
Source: Huffington Post
EL CAJON, Calif. — A 32-year-old
woman from Iraq who was found severely beaten next to a threatening note saying
“go back to your country” died on Saturday.
Hanif Mohebi, the director of the
San Diego chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, said he met with
Shaima Alawadi's family members in the morning and was told that she was taken off
life support around 3 p.m.
“The family is in shock at
the moment. They're still trying to deal with what happened,” Mohebi said.
Alawadi, a mother of five, had been
hospitalized since her 17-year-old daughter found her unconscious Wednesday in the
family's house in El Cajon, police Lt. Steve Shakowski said.
The daughter, Fatima Al Himidi,
told KUSI-TV her mother had been beaten on the head repeatedly with a tire iron,
and that the note said “go back to your country, you terrorist.” Read More
in Death of Son, 6
Police said they abused and malnourished
by Phillip Lucas
Date: Mar. 22, 2012,
Source: The Philadelphia Inquirer
A South Philadelphia couple were
charged with murder Wednesday after their 6-year-old son died Monday night at Children's
Hospital of Philadelphia, police said.
Tina Cuffie, 44, and Latiff Hadi,
48, of 22d Street near McClellan Street, allegedly abused and malnourished their
son Khalil Wimes, police said.
"Police informed us that the child
was 29 pounds," said Alicia Taylor, spokeswoman for the city Department of Human
Services. Citing confidentiality laws, she said she could not discuss the case further.
The median weight of a 6-year-old
boy in the United States is about 45 pounds, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease
Control and Prevention.Read More
Received Training to address Domestic Violence, VA
Date October 12, 2011
As part of an effort to support
ADAMS Center khateebs to address domestic violence during the month of October,
an introductory training was provided on September 24 at the ADAMS Center.
Salma Abugideiri, Co-Director of
the Peaceful Families Project, and Ambreen Ahmed, Director of FAITH Social Services,
provided information about domestic violence to the 10 khateebs who were in attendance.
After a presentation which included
statistics, explanation of the types of abuse and their impact, and a review of
some suggested talking points, a lively discussion ensued and ended with the khateebs
agreeing to participate in a longer, more in depth training.
Husband Is Charged in N.J. Ambush
By Sean Gardiner & Pervaiz Shallwani
Source: The Wall Street Journal
BOONTON, N.J.—The husband
of a 27-year-old mother who was ambushed and fatally shot while walking in a New
Jersey suburb was charged Friday with her murder, authorities said.
Kashif Parvaiz was charged along
with Antoinette Stephen, a 26-year-old Massachusetts woman with whom he had a "relationship,"
prosecutors said. Neither has entered a plea in the case.
The pair was accused of plotting
an attack that has rattled this small town with a well-entrenched Pakistani-American
community, an attack that took place in the midst of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.
Read more from the source article here.