Jordanian father beats 'thief' daughter to death

An 11-year-old girl was beaten to death by her father after teachers accused her of stealing from school, a security official said on Wednesday.

"The father, in his forties, brutally beat his daughter last night after teachers accused her of stealing things from school," in Zarqa, northeastern Amman, he told AFP.

"After he calmed down, he went to check on the girl. She was in coma. He rushed her to hospital but she died."

The official said the suspect and his family initially claimed that the girl fell down the stairs.

"But investigations proved what really happened. The suspect was charged with beating the girl to death," he added.

The man faces up to 15 years in prison if convicted.

Official statistics last year showed that one-third of Jordan's three million schoolchildren had suffered sexual abuse and around 80 percent had experienced some form of physical violence.

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