According to the police officials, the father reportedly forced his 3-year-old child, Rabiha, to sit in boiling hot water for a reason she was too young to have any control over. The man, who was not identified by authorities, reportedly forced the girl to sit in a bathtub filled with boiling hot water because the little girl was experiencing something she couldn’t control. The little girl was hit with a rope by her father after he went into a fit of rage. The parent then forced the child to sit in boiling hot water for more than an hour before locking her up inside a room.

Police officials said that the father forced his 3-year-old daughter to sit in a bath full of scorching hot water because she had diarhea. Her body was covered with burns, but instead of immediately getting her medical attention, the father locked her inside a room till 9 pm. After making his daughter suffer, the father eventually agreed to allow the girl to be taken to the hospital and contacted one of his wife’s relatives. Unfortunately, Rabiha did not survive the injuries. When the father was confronted on how the little girl suffered the burns, he claimed his daughter accidentally caused them to herself, according to The Sun.

During an interview with investigators, he reportedly said that his daughter walked into the kitchen and spilled the hot water on herself. However, authorities in Libya eventually found reason to believe that Rabiha’s father was allegedly behind his daughter’s death. The Criminal Investigation Department spoke to both the mother and father, and they admitted to the crime when presented with evidence, according to The Sun. 

At the moment, it is unclear whether the mother was also involved in the events that led to Rabiha’s death. Both parents have not yet been charged but were transferred to the public prosecutor’s office. Investigators also found that the father had a drug addiction. Rabiha’s story sparked massive outrage among residents of the country and many pushed for the death penalty to be handed over to the little girl’s father.