Judge awards Texas man custody of abused daughter’s dead body: ‘You… should feel guilty for rest of your life’

Sadly, children are the ones who suffer most from their parents’ poor decision-making.

A judge awarded a Texas man custody of his deceased daughter’ body, which had been in a Milwaukee County morgue for two months because of the mother’s implication in the girl’s death.

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According to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Circuit Court Judge David Borowski granted Michael Krouser his request to take his daughter’s body to Texas for cremation–but not before reproving the man for being negligent of his parental responsibilities.

“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,” Borowski told Krouser on Friday. “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.

“You, Mr. Krouser, should feel guilty for the rest of your life.”

Amina Krouser and her two siblings lived with their mother in a house that lacked heat and running water. On Nov. 26, the girl became ill with cold-like symptoms. She was later diagnosed with a brain infection.

Her mother, Azlyza Ababneh, thought Amina was being lazy and beat her with a belt and plastic pipe. The girl was taken to the hospital, where she received surgery against her mother’s wishes.

Amina died on Dec. 10. Her father asserted he proposed the cremation at the insistence of his other two children, but Ababneh, a Muslim, opposed the move on religious grounds.

“Cremation is a sin,” her lawyer said.

Ababneh was charged with child abuse, child neglect resulting in death, intentionally causing harm, and three counts of misdemeanor child neglect.

Because the mother was not charged with homicide, she did not lose her right under state law to decide what to do with her daughter’s body.

The dispute between the parents caused Amina’s body to languish in the morgue for months.

Borowski said he could not ignore the charges against Ababneh in making his decision, but was clear in reproving Krouser.

“Your behavior as a father these eight years has been atrocious. It’s been embarrassing, and I would say despicable.”

“You didn’t really care about these children,” he added.

But the judge said he would not allow Amina’s body to be buried in an unmarked grave.

“That would be a further indignity to this poor child.”

He did not specify whether Krouser should bury or cremate the girl’s body.

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


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