Father Gains Custody Of Daughter’s Body, Stuck In Morgue For 2 Months

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An unusual parental battle ended on Friday when a Milwaukee judge granted exclusive custody of a young girl’s body to her estranged father over the girl’s mother, who has been implicated in her death.

Amina Krouser’s body remained in a morgue for 2 months after she died due to a brain infection and alleged abuse by her mother.

According to a criminal complaint, the young girl became ill on November  26, and her mother, Azlyza Ababneh, thinking she was lazy, beat her with a belt and plastic pipe.

Amina was taken to the hospital, where she died on December 10.

The girl and her two siblings stayed with their mother in house that had no heat or running water, the criminal complaint also stated.

The girl’s body remained in the county morgue since her death because her mother, who is Muslim, objected to plans by the father, Michael Krouser, to cremate the body on religious grounds, The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported.

As Ababneh is not charged with homicide, she retained the right under Wisconsin law to determine how her daughter’s remains should be handled, which led to the ongoing custody battle.

Krouser had admitted to being absent and said that since his divorce, he had paid little if any child support.

Circuit Court Judge David Borowski, while granting sole custody of the body to the father, criticized him for being absent from his children’s lives for years.

“You show up on the scene after your 14-year-old, who you haven’t seen in eight or nine years, is beaten to death. Allegedly. It’s a classic situation of too little, too late. Had you been an actual father, involved father, involved parent, you might have been able to prevent this,” Borowski said in court.

He ordered that Krouser arrange a funeral, saying it “would be a further indignity to this poor child” to leave her in the morgue for any longer.

Ababneh has been charged with abusing and neglecting her daughter, which resulted in the girl’s death.

Video Shows Woman Leave Newborn With Note In Arizona Airport Bathroom

Officials in Arizona have released a video of the woman they believe left a newborn baby on a changing table inside the Tucson International Airport on January 14.

Alongside the baby stood a note, reading:

“Please help me
My mom had no idea she was pregnant. She is unable and unfit to take care of me. Please get me to the authorities so they can find a good home.”

Tucson Airport Authority officials have released surveillance video that purportedly shows the mother of the child, seen walking through the airport holding something wrapped in blue fabric.

The baby is reportedly in good health after being evaluated at an area hospital, says to the Arizona Daily Star.

The newborn is currently under the care of the Arizona Department of Child Services.

Arizona enacted a safe haven law in 2001, which allows desperate parents to avoid charges by leaving their unharmed child at a designated organization – a hospital, fire station, private welfare agency, adoption agency or church – within 3 days of birth.

A spokeswoman for the Tucson Airport Authority, Jessie Butler, said to reporters that they want to interview the mother and what they learn will determine whether or not she is charged.


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