A mother accused of beating her eight-month-old baby boy to death had a long history of criminal activity, according to both police and the prosecutor general’s office.
Nooruzaadha Ali, 28, from Addu atoll Hithadhoo, was arrested twice in 2002, once for sexual misconduct and the second time for prostitution, said Deputy Prosecutor General Hussein Shameem. She was sentenced to eight months house arrest for the first offence, which she breached, and six months imprisonment for the second. The same year, she was put under house arrest for disobedience of order, which she violated and was fined Rf150 (US$12).
In 2006, she was arrested on the same charge and was ordered to spend two months in jail. In 2004, Nooruzaadha was handed a six-year sentence for possession of drugs and in 2005 and 2007, she was given two 12-year sentences on each occasion for drug possession.
Adding to her litany of offences, Police Sergeant Ahmed Shiyam said Nooruzaadha had been arrested in 2004 for mugging someone and twice in 2005 for drug possession and dealing.
The eight-month-old baby died in the intensive care unit of Indhira Gandhi Memorial Hospital a week ago. The baby had severe head and neck injuries, scratches all over and showed signs of having been sexually abused, according to police.
Three people, including Nooruzaadha and her boyfriend, Mohamed Waheed, 46, from Male’ had been arrested. The third man is currently under investigation and has not yet been named.