Woman charged in niece's death

April 7, 2009 (ORLAND PARK, Ill.) Nour Hadid, 25, is charged with first-degree murder in the death of her niece, Bhia Hadid.

At a hearing on Tuesday, prosecutors allege Hadid used a wood spoon and shoes to beat the toddler from head to toe. She faces one count of first-degree murder.

On Sunday night, paramedics were called to Hadid's Orland Park apartment, where the girl was found unresponsive in a bedroom. Hadid originally told officials the girl had fallen, but a medical examiners aid there were 55 bruises on the girl's body. The death was ruled a homicide by blunt force trauma.

On Monday, prosecutors say Hadid gave them a videotaped confession admitting she was angry because her husband had accused her of stealing money from underneath the mattress.

"They obtained a videotaped confession from her where she outlined in detail how the child was abused and how the bruising occurred that led to the child's death," said Tim McCarthy, police chief.

"She was a child living her life...but it appears she was abused quite a bit and it resulted in her passing," said Royhy Shalibi, defense attorney.

"I'm behind my wife 100-percent. We have 100% belief that she's completely innocent," said Aladdin Hadid.

Aladdin Hadid said the translator got the story wrong. He also alleges his wife was not allowed to have a lawyer present during her confession.

Bhia's mother and other family members were in court Tuesday. They are originally from Jordan. The girl's parents were reportedly having marital problems, which is why their two children were living with the Hadids.

The Department of Children and Family Services has taken the other three children from the Hadid home and placed them with relatives.

Nour Hadid will be in court next on April 30.

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