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Minneapolis: Somali woman gets ten years for drowning death of daughter

Posted by Ann Corcoran on December 22, 2012

….and if one commenter to this story is correct, just like in Buffalo, social services or police apparently did not respond to warning signs that had been evident for some time.  Could fear of being called racists or Islamophobes have held them back?

Here is the short news story from CBS Minnesota.   As reader Cliff suggests, there must be more to this for her to have gotten ten years for an accident.

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — A 23-year-old Minneapolis woman was sentenced Friday to more than 10 years in prison for the second-degree murder of her daughter.

Deqa Mohamed Yusuf pleaded guilty to the murder charge in November and will spend 128 months in prison for the death of her 2-year-old daughter.

According to the criminal complaint, just before midnight on May 31, police were sent to Yusuf’s apartment. She was screaming that her daughter was dead, as Yusuf had left her daughter in a nearly full tub while she grabbed something from another room.

Police say her blood alcohol level was more than .20 at the hospital later on that night, and her daughter was pronounced dead on June 17 from the May 31 incident.

There had reportedly been efforts through child protection by friends and relatives to help Yusuf overcome her alcoholism and be a better parent.

A commenter (Rufftouch) to the CBS story doesn’t pull any punches:

Yes, addiction is a disease. If you read past news article about what happened the day of the incident. You would find out everyone failed to notify the police when this lady was getting drunk with the kids at home and calling her mother on the phone and threatening suicide. This is what happens when we delay help but now she will pay the price twice, prison and loss of a child. Stupid father, where were you when your baby’s mother is getting drunk everyday? They should have sterile him for 10 years too!

For new readers, here are a few posts that are always near the top of our most read posts list.  Why so many Somalis in Minneapolis?  And then this one, How did we get so many Somalis, from way back in 2008.  We are still resettling thousands of Somalis to the US every year.  Minneapolis has the largest concentration of them followed by Columbus, Ohio which recently was the site of Somalis gone wild trying to get on a waiting list for subsidized housing, here.

3 Responses to “Minneapolis: Somali woman gets ten years for drowning death of daughter”

  1. “Could fear of being called racists or Islamophobes have held them back?”

    I think that’s part of it. But more pertinent is a variation of “they all look alike”: I think the U.S. local agencies have a hard time telling when these immigrants lie about abusing their families.

    Everyone lies about abusing their families, but Social Services are used to the typical American defenses for hurting their “loved ones”, and they know when they hear these defenses that the ‘suspect’ is full of crap, and they proceed with their protection efforts despite the protestations of innocence, confident that they are helping the victims.

    But immigrants from certain categories are very experienced liars. For many, lying is actually part of their culture, as is protecting the reputations of those close enough to hurt you (i.e., the abuser.)

    This is especially true when it comes to abusing their families, because they fully believe they have a right to do anything they wish to those close to them. They believe they are innocent, despite every iota of evidence of their guilt. This makes it difficult for Social Service workers (of all types) to be sure they are doing the right thing by getting involved, and they hold back.

    It will take a while – years! – before we have ‘assimilated’ these foreigners enough that we understand their lies, and finally disregard them.


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