by Adeola Balogun
An American couple residing in Qatar have been sentenced to spend the next 3 years in prison for the death of their adopted daughter.
Matthew and Grace Huang were accused of starving their Ghanaian daughter, Gloria to death and were found guilty by a court in the Gulf Arab state.
The couple said that Gloria had appeared to be malnourished because she had unusual eating habits which included binging and self starvation.
The prosecution however insisted that the Huangs had willingly caused their daughter’s death by denying her food and had also locked her in her room at night.
Gloria’s autopsy showed that her hips, ribs and spine were protruding and that she died of dehydration and wasting disease.
More photos below:
Family: The parents are shown here with their three adopted children before Gloria’s death
Happy: The family says Gloria, shown left, was severely malnourished in early childhood and would periodically refuse food for several days and then binge eat or get food from bizarre sources, such as garbage cans or from strangers – a behavior her parents traced to her impoverished upbringing and were trying to address.
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