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Cops: Mother Cuts Out 4-Year-Old Daughter's Heart While Reciting Koran


"Sometimes the screams would last for about 10 minutes."

Editor's note: The following story contains graphic details that may be disturbing to some.

Police say an East London Muslim woman has been arrested for murder after she was found chanting the Koran over her 4-year-old daughter's disemboweled body.

Young Nusayba Bharuchi's lifeless body was found stabbed to death in the kitchen with her heart and other organs cut out and strewn around the apartment and lying next to her mother, Shayna.

London's Daily Mail says the killing appears to be part of a religious offering. The paper reports:

The woman, believed to be from Somalia, had her MP3 on full blast as she listened to the Muslim holy book.

The mother, who is understood to have two teenage children of 14 and 16, has since been sectioned under the Mental Health Act and is in a secure unit as police yesterday continued to guard the third-floor premises on the estate.

The gruesome scene was discovered by the girl's father, Jerome Negney, when he arrived home to the flat on Thursday to find his partner clutching a kitchen knife.

The man, believed to be a Muslim convert, dialled 999 and paramedics pronounced the girl dead at the scene.  Police said next of kin have been informed.

One elderly neighbour said last night: 'Nobody knew her very well but the children seemed very nice. However I used to be awoken by terrible screaming of a woman's voice in the middle of the night which was a regular occurence.

'Sometimes the screams would last for about 10 minutes.'

Another neighbour, who lives in the downstairs flat and asked not to be named, said: 'I was feeding my daughter her lunch at about 3pm and suddenly heard horrific screaming. It is shocking and so upsetting.'

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