So sad! The six-month-old baby girl that San Bernardino mass killers Syed Farook and Tafsheen Malik left behind remains in foster care, even though she has family members who want to adopt her now that she’s been orphaned. Read on for why that could take awhile.
There’s another innocent victim of the San Bernardino massacre shooters Syed Farook, 28, and Tafsheen Malik, 27. The couple had a six-month-old baby girl but apparently were more set on pulling off their terror plan by killing 14 of his colleagues than staying around to raise their child. The infant is in the care of San Bernardino County Child Protective Services, despite Saira Khan, Syed’s older sister, and her husband, Farhan Khan hoping to adopt her.
What will the future hold for the terrorist couple’s young daughter? She’s being cared for by the County right now but Syed’s sister Saira wants to raise her. She told ABC News that she and her husband could give her niece “a stable upbringing,” and that “For the time being, we want her to enjoy her innocence.” The pair have two children of their own, so the little girl would have cousins to grow up with.
But gaining custody is going to be quite a challenge, as authorities are still investigating all of the terrorists’ relatives to see if they had any knowledge or input involving their deadly massacre, especially since its been confirmed the couple had been radicalized and pledged their allegiance to ISIS. The family is being aided by the Council on American-Islamic Relations, who hope in the meantime that the child could placed with a Muslim foster family.
“The family is naturally distraught at the separation and are eagerly awaiting to obtain custody of the six-month-old girl.We are also working with the family to ensure that the child is swiftly reunited with her family,” a rep for CAIR said on Dec. 8, after the hearing on the custody issue got moved back to January 2016. So for at least the next month, the orphaned girl will remain in foster care.
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