Baby in Hiding After Attempted Murder Charge

Pakistani 9-month-old has April 12 court appearance
By Kate Seamons,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 8, 2014 9:02 AM CDT
Baby in Hiding After Attempted Murder Charge
A 9-month-old charged with attempted murder in Pakistan has gone into hiding.   (Shutterstock)

A new twist in the case of the 9-month-old Pakistani baby who has been charged with attempted murder. The infant's grandfather today tells Reuters that the child has gone into hiding, though he revealed the boy's general location: the city of Faisalabad. Why Muhammad Mosa Khan was charged is still murky, but CNN reports that the charges have at their root a Feb. 1 argument over an unpaid gas bill, in which police and a bailiff went to the child's home and were pelted with rocks—hence the attempted murder charges; the boy's father and teen brother were involved, and those in the house were charged.

The baby was granted bail and isn't next due in court until Saturday, but his grandfather said the child may be a no-show, assuming the charges hold. An investigation is said to be under way, and a policeman has reportedly been suspended over the charges tied to the child, who cried as he was fingerprinted last week. Asked his grandfather at the time, "He does not even know how to pick up his milk bottle properly, how can he stone the police?" (More Pakistan stories.)

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