The Public Prosecution Service (OM) suspects two women of assaulting a 1-year-old girl. On February 1, the two would have immersed the child with her forearms in boiling water in a house in Rotterdam. She suffered second and third-degree burns in the process, NU.nl reports.
The girl had been severely abused for some time. She was beaten, her hands were tied behind her back and she was given little to eat and drink. A doctor established this in the night of 1 to 2 February when the girl was taken to a hospital in South Rotterdam.
One of the two women suspected of aggravated assault by the Public Prosecution Service is the girl’s mother. She had previously been provisionally released and pointed to the other suspect, 51-year-old Line W., as the culprit. The judges ruled during a pro forma hearing yesterday that W. must be detained for three months longer.
During the hearing, W. denied the charges and claimed that the culprit is currently on the loose. Her lawyer also says that three witnesses have already testified that the girl’s mother failed to take care of her child. W. would have only offered them shelter.
The judges ruled that W.’s seven-year-old son was not required to testify in the case. However, the two other witnesses and a youth doctor are being heard in the case. Finally, it must also be made clear who called the hospital about the girl’s burns.
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