Enslaved Child Chained And Left To 'Die Of Thirst' By Female ISIS Recruit
A five-year-old girl in Mosul, Iraq was allegedly chained outside in blistering heat and left to die by a German woman and her husband, who were members of ISIS.
Known as 'Jennifer W', the German woman is being charged with war crimes in Munich's terrorism court and is now facing a maximum sentence of life in jail.
While a trial date is yet to be scheduled, she also faces charges of murder and weapons offences, according to German media.
If found guilty, the woman -- who bought the child in Mosul with her husband in 2015 -- faces a maximum sentence of life in jail.
The 27-year-old reportedly moved to Iraq in 2014, when the city of Mosul came under ISIS control.
The following year she bought the child -- who was among a group believed to be Yazidi prisoners of war -- as a house "slave" with her husband.
"After the girl fell ill and wet her mattress, the husband of the accused chained her up outside as punishment and let the child die in agony of thirst in the scorching heat," court prosecutors said in a statement.
"The accused allowed her husband to do so and did nothing to save the girl."
There is no record of the current whereabouts of the woman's husband or if he also has criminal charges against him.
'Jennifer W' was arrested by Turkish police after visiting the German embassy in Ankara to renew her identity papers, months after the girl's death.
She was extradited to Germany, but due to an initial lack of evidence against her was allowed to return to her home in the country's northwest.
German police arrested her in June this year after she attempted to travel to Syria. She has been held in custody ever since.
Court prosecutors said the woman's role in Iraq was to patrol Mosul and Fallujah as part of ISIS's 'morality police' and ensure "women complied with the behavioural and clothing regulations established by the terrorist organisation."
About a fifth of all foreign fighters in Iraq and Syria come from Western Europe, according to a 2016 release from the International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation and Political Violence (ICSR).
During the Battle of Mosul in 2016 and 2017, ISIS lost their stronghold of the city after a major military campaign by the Iraqi Government, the Kurdistan Regional Government, allied militias and international forces.
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