A Milwaukee court granted exclusive custody of a young girl’s body to her estranged father, Michael Krouser (left), the mother of the girl, Azlyza Ababneh (right), who is involved in her death.
An unusual parental struggle ended Friday when a new york court granted exclusive custody of a young girl’s body to her estranged father, then the mother of the girl, who is involved in her death.
Amina Krouser the body remained in a morgue for two months after she succumbed to an infection of the brain and the alleged abuse by her mother.
According to a criminal complaint, the young girl became ill on Nov. 26, and her mother, Azlyza Ababneh, thinking her lazy, beat her with a belt and plastic pipe. Amina was brought to the hospital, where she died on Dec. 10.
The girl and her two sisters lived with their mother in a house that had no heating or running water, the criminal complaint said.
The girl’s body had remained in the county morgue after her death, because her mother, who is Muslim, objected to the plans of the father, Michael Krouser, to cremate the body on religious grounds, The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported.
Because Ababneh is not charged with murder, they will retain the right under Wisconsin law to determine how her daughter should be treated, which led to the ongoing custody battle.
Krouser admitted to the absent and said that since his divorce, he had paid little or no child support.
Circuit Court Judge David Borowski, while the grant of custody of the body to the father, criticized the man for the absence of his children in life.
“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 is a classic situation of too little and too late. Had you been a true father, concerned father, concerned parent, you would have been able to prevent this,” Borowski said in court.
He ordered Krouser arranging a funeral, saying: “it would be a further humiliation to this poor child” to leave her in the mortuary for longer.
Ababneh has been charged with abuse and neglect of her daughter, resulting in the girl’s death.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.