I want to tell you the story
of a precious little Angel who lived and died in Germany. I will tell
her story to the best of my ability with the help of Michelle, the
woman who sent me her story. Most of what is written about this
precious little girl is in German so I have to rely on either Michelle
or sites that translate, I feel her story needs to be told and will do
what I can to be sure that it is told in the right way.
Yagmur was born on October 9, 2010 to parents Huseyin and Melek, with
the last name given only as the letter Y. It is my understanding that
the her mother was overwhelmed with given birth and taking care of a
baby. At some point in her life, Yagmur was removed from her parents
home and put into foster care, I believe this happened after several
times of Yagmur being admitted to the hospital with severe, unexplained
injuries. In January of 2013, she was taken to the hospital with a life
threatening injury to her head and the Doctor at that time filed a
complaint on suspicion of child abuse.
By February of 2013, Yagmur was living in what was known as a
Children's Shelter because it had become unclear to those in authority
if the foster home or her parents were responsible for her injuries.
The Youth Office Eimbuettal started an investigation in Family Court
all the while, Yagmur's parents are denying that they hurt her in any
way. By August of 2013, Yagmur would be returned to the custody of her
Life didn't get any better for this little Angel and by December of
2013, Yagmur, who had been left at the mercy of her parents, bled to
death in her home. An autopsy showed that Yagmur had suffered more than
80 bruises, cuts, burns, broken bones and contusions as well as a
ruptured liver. Melek and Huseyin were arrested as the prime suspects
in her death.
In June of 2014, the trial for this couple started and in court, a
video is played of Yagmur dancing to Turkish music, the video was taken
off of her mother's cell phone. Pictures were also shown of all of the
bruises and other injuries on her body at the time of her death, with
some of the burn marks looking like someone had burned her repeatedly
with a cigarette. The pictures were so disturbing that it was reported
that several of the spectators in the court room had to leave.
Klaus Puschel, a Forensic Pathologist who was one of the most respected
Pathologists in Germany, said that what happened to Yagmur was typical
of maltreatment, or child abuse:
"The pictures give an
idea of what the girl must have gone through. The three year
had suffered severe pain. The girl had certainly cried over and over
Makeup had been applied to some of the bruises, thought it didn't cover
very well and the bruises were showing through. Klaus said that the
bruises were "loud" and it could very well be assumed that someone had
caused them and some bruises showed that Yagmur had been trying to
protect herself from being harmed. On her neck were marks that showed
someone had tried to choke her, she had fresh bleeding in her brain
which was caused by extremely hard hits to her head. In her stomach, a
quarter liter of blood was found to be coming out of injuries that she
had sustained internally while being beaten and her liver was split so
badly that they said it contributed to her death. It was reported that
many of the injuries Yagmur had sustained had been given to her with
the last few days of her life, meaning she has been beaten over several
days and suffered horribly before she finally could no more and her
little body gave out and died.
It was reported that her father had left the house about 4:30 p.m. the
day she died and had returned about 6:00 p.m. and he claimed that he
had not been involved in the beating, however, Klaus stated that since
the beating had been given over several days, Huseyin could not
possibly have not known when was going on. Melek was the prime suspect
in the abuse and murder of this little girl while her father, Huseyin
was said to only be guilty of not helping the child while the mother
was abusing her.
Each of the two were represented by different lawyers and sat at
different tables in court, not looking at or speaking to each other
though at one point when Melek started to cry, Huseyin was reported to
say something along the line of you "You killed her and now
you are crying"
. As they were shown in court, neither of her
parents looked at the pictures that were being shown of Yagmur's
beaten, bruised and broken body.
It is my understanding that Huseyin was 25 years old at the time and
Melek was 27 years old when Melek said in court that he had been the
one to cause the death of their daughter, claiming that he had never
wanted children in the first place. Huseyin said that Melek was
mentally ill and very aggressive towards Yagmur. It was found that
whenever Huseyin would make Melek angry, she would take it out on
Yagmur, which was proven by messages on her cell phone. Melek tried to
say that she wasn't the one who sent the messages, that it had been
Pictures of the couple in court, show their faces to be blurred out. In
court they both looked at the floor and seemed to be upset and the
charge against Melek was now said to be murder and against Huseyin was
death by omission. The indictment is read in court and it is said that
Melek acted out of hatred for Yagmur and that she knew that her actions
could cause her to die.
If convicted or murder, Melek is facing only six months to and 15 years
in prison for what must be considered an invaluable life of a child.
How said that the legal system doesn't consider children to be of any
value so when they die at the hands of those entrusted to care for
them, the sentence is merely a slap on the wrist with a stern warning
to behave after they are released.
This case, as many we have seen around the world, attracted so much
attention because it was considered to be a failure of the agencies put
in place to protect children. Yagmur had been removed from the home
because of the many times she had been taken to the hospital with
suspicious injuries, yet the agencies who could have saved her life,
failed to do so. The same excuses are used over and over all around the
world, when a child dies from abuse that could have been prevented if
someone had been doing their job correctly. An email sent to the Judge
in the case by the foster mother, had never even been read and he
recklessly returned Yagmur to her parents.
The first excuse was that there wasn't enough staff to do the job.
Interestingly enough, the child was removed from the home and then
returned, so someone was doing the right thing in the beginning and
then for whatever reason, decided that a child should live with abusive
parents rather than be adopted to someone who would love her. Second
was the old standby that communication had broken down and there were
opportunities overlooked that could have saved Yagmur's life. Third was
not investigating further when Klaus had said in the beginning that the
foster mother could have cause the injuries to this child by shaking
her car seat, it was obvious that the parents, who had been granted
visitation with Yagmur, had been the ones to injure and eventually kill
her. Improvements were supposedly made after Yagmur died, that could
have saved her life if they had been in place already.
The district office Hamburg-Mitte had been responsible for looking out
for Yagmur since July:
"The little girls death
upset me very much"
People started a small memorial in front of the apartment building where
Yagmur had lived. roses and candles were placed in her honor.
I am glad that someone cares enough about this little girl to make this
and I am wondering if it is her grave marker.
In November of 2014, Melek
was found guilty of murder and sentenced by Judge Joachim Bulter to
life in prison without the possibility of parole for at least 15 years.
Huseyin was sentenced to only four years and six months for not doing
anything to protect Yagmur from her mother.
Though she had been in care of several youth service agencies who
failed her, hopefully Yagmur's death will not be in vain and a
committee of the Hamburg Parliament was going to submit their final
report about the case on December 18, 2014. Let's hope that the
necessary changes are made and enforced to protect children in the
Melek's lawyers were filing an appeal in an attempt to get a lesser
sentence saying that she was victim as well as Yagmur. I am of the mind
that the sentences handed down in the case of these two monsters is not
CLOSE to being
enough. Yagmur suffered almost from birth at the hands of these people
who did nothing by way of showing her what it was like to feel loved.
They clearly didn't want a child, but accepted her back out of foster
care and then proceeded to continue their abuse of her and eventually
ended up killing her after such a long time of torturing her.
I don't know what goes through the minds of those who defend and then
try to make excuses for those who kill children. There is NO excuse for what they do, there is
NO excuse that is
acceptable. If you don't want a child, don't love the child and can't
treat the child the way the child deserves to be treated, give that
child away! Sadly, I am not able to find out Yagmur's last name, my
understanding is that her parents rights to privacy would be violated
if her last name was revealed. I don't believe they HAVE any rights to privacy, a child
is dead because of them, they gave up their rights.
Thank you goes out to
Michelle who cared enough about Yagmur to want her to be remembered.