The aunt and uncle of this 11-year-old girl have been arrested for torturing her to death with electric shocks and a savage beating before claiming she fell from a balcony.
But they were arrested anyway when medics noticed the shocking signs of torture on her tiny body and raised the alarm.
The shocking alleged murder took place in the governorate of Qalyubia, which is located north of Cairo in northern Egypt.
The victim has been identified only by her first name Anwar, whose father, an unnamed Egyptian national, died two years ago, and whose mother, a Jordanian national, lives in Jordan after being forced to flee the country without her daughter by her in-laws, according to local media reports.
The mother was forced to return to Jordan, leaving Anwar and her brothers Ahmed and Muhammed, ages not reported, to be brought up by their aunt and uncle.
Neighbours confirmed to local media that they had been surprised, on the day of the girl’s death, to see her uncle taking her to hospital, claiming that she had fallen from a balcony.
About an hour later, the neighbours were informed that the girl had died.
But medics at the hospital where the girl had been taken were suspicious and noticed injuries that consistent with abuse, notably electrocution.
So they ordered a forensic examination of the body and determined that the girl had been tortured to death.
The medical examiner reportedly confirmed the presence of bruises to the young girl’s face, arms, back and right leg.
They also said that the young girl had suffered a cut above her eyebrow and that her body did not have any fractures, which was inconsistent with someone falling from a height.
The conclusion reached by the medics at the University Hospital of Banha was reinforced after one of the girl’s brothers turned handwritten notes over to the authorities in which he had kept a log of the torture that he and his siblings allegedly suffered at the hands of their aunt and uncle.
Numerous classmates of the three siblings told Lebanese media outlet Al-Balad that the three children were popular at school and were good students, liked by all.
Her older brother, it is currently unclear if this is Ahmed or Muhammed, reportedly spent all day crying in the classroom and recited a poem to his classmates about his sister’s death.
The aunt and uncle were taken into custody by the authorities on 8th October and the Benha District Court in Qalyubia has now ordered that they be remanded in custody for a further 15 days pending the outcome of the investigation, which is reportedly being carried out by Major General Mohamed El-Anany, director of criminal investigations in Qalyubia.
He was also suspicious after finding no traces of blood or any other evidence that a girl had fallen from a balcony.
The aunt and uncle have been named in local media reports only as housewife called Hanim M. M., 65, and her brother, Sami M. M., 35, a paramedic.
Qalyubia is known as an agricultural region, renowned for its fruit and vegetable production.