A new born baby boy was found early Monday in a bag left behind in an uninhabited area in Maan, the fifth abandoned infant discovered in the last four months. According to Maan police, a passerby heard the infantâ€™s cry and discovered the black tote bag on a roadside in Al Mreigha district yesterday morning. [source]
A man turned himself in to the police on Monday shortly after shooting his 30-year-old daughter in the Jordan Valley, the first reported honour crime in the Kingdom this year. The victim, who was not identified by officials, was reportedly shot by her father four times in the chest and back at his home yesterday evening. Police are currently questioning the father to determine the facts surrounding the shooting. A second source told The Jordan Times that the victim was examined for sexual activity by a government pathologist almost two years ago, after she was reported missing by her family. [source]
Forty-five months in exchange for one:
The Criminal Court has sentenced a 31-year-old woman to three years and nine months in prison for killing her one-month-old baby in August 2007. The tribunal first declared F. A. guilty of murdering her infant and handed her the maximum punishment, but immediately reduced the sentence by half because her husband dropped charges against her. Court papers said the defendant was married to a man who was sentenced to six yearsâ€™ imprisonment by the State Security Court after being convicted of drug smuggling. Two years later, the defendant got involved with another man and became pregnant. “The victimâ€™s family discovered she was pregnant as a result of an â€˜illegitimate affairâ€™, so she sought refuge at a tribal leaderâ€™s house,” the court said. The tribal leader intervened to save the womanâ€™s life, and the two were married through official channels,â€ the court said, adding that the defendant gave birth to a baby boy one month after the wedding.
“People in the community and the womanâ€™s relatives kept commenting and reminding her that her son was the result of an â€˜illegitimate affairâ€™,” the court said. On August 12, the defendant waited until her husband went to work, then struck her sonâ€™s head repeatedly and told her family he was sick, according to the court. [source]
UPDATE [Jan. 9th]
A newborn baby girl wrapped in a blanket was found in Abu Habil Mosque in Northern Ghor late Monday, raising the number of abandoned infants in the last four months to six. According to sources at the Civil Defence Department (CDD), worshippers leaving the mosque after evening prayers noticed the baby in the mosqueâ€™s courtyard and telephoned the local CDD centre. [source]