Judge awards father custody of abused daughter body

MILWAUKEE – A judge has awarded a Texas man exclusive custody of his daughter abused the body, which languished in the Milwaukee County morgue for two months, in the middle of a dispute with the mother of the girl, who is involved in her death.

Circuit Court Judge David Borowski granted Michael Krouser request during a hearing Friday, but he criticized Krouser for the absence of his children in life. The judge ordered Krouser arrange a funeral for his 14-year-old daughter.

Amina Krouser’s mother, Azlyza Ababneh, is charged with abuse and neglect of her daughter resulting in the girl’s death. Ababneh is a Muslim and her lawyer says that for religious reasons, Ababneh objects to the father of the plans to cremate Amina’s body and the ashes sent to his home in San Antonio.

Because Ababneh is not charged with murder, she retains the right under Wisconsin law to determine how her daughter remains should be handled.

Michael Krouser, who admitted that since his divorce from Ababneh, he had paid little or no child support, asked for exclusive custody of his daughter. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports that although the judge named Krouser’s behavior as a father “gruesome” and “hideous,” said he could not allow the girl’s body to remain at the morgue and eventually be transferred to the province to be buried in an unmarked grave.

“That would be a further humiliation to this poor child,” Borowski said.

According to a criminal complaint, Amina Krouser and her two sisters lived with their mother in a house that had no heating or running water. The teenager became ill with cold-like symptoms, Nov. 26 and Ababneh believed her daughter was lazy and beat her with a belt and a plastic pipe, according to the indictment, and the medical examiner’s report. The girl was taken to a hospital and died Dec. 10.

In the giving of Krouser control of his daughter’s body, Borowski not rule, or it had to be cremated or buried. But he did it to Krouser to a funeral for her.

“She at least deserves a decent, respectful service,” Borowski said.


Information: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel,

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