Invisible Children

Amina Krouser

Content note: Case narratives include descriptions of severe violence inflicted on children, including abuse and neglect, sexual violence, torture, and murder, as well as mentions of suicide and domestic violence. They also include photos of victims and perpetrators of violence.

Amina Krouser, age 14 (pictured left), died of Lenierre’s Syndrome as a result of medical neglect by her mother, Aziyza Ababneh (pictured right). Amina and her siblings, ages 16 and 12, were homeschooled.

Ababneh, a US Army veteran, divorced the children’s father around 2007. She remarried but had divorced again by 2015. In 2017, Ababneh and the children lived in a filthy, feces-filled home without heat or running water. The children ate mostly baby food and used a bucket for a toilet. They rarely interacted with anyone outside the family, and Ababneh stated that “she doesn’t have health insurance and doesn’t take her daughter to the hospital so she was unaware as to whether she had any cognitive delays.” On November 26, Amina became sick with cold-like symptoms. As Amina’s symptoms worsened over the next four days, Ababneh—convinced Amina was being “lazy”—beat her with a belt, a paddle, and a “face blade” made of PVC pipe. Amina was taken to the hospital on December 3 where doctors diagnosed that the infection had spread to her brain. They told Ababneh that Amina needed emergency surgery in order to survive, but Ababneh refused, stating that she had “already lost her.” The surgery was performed anyway, but Amina did not recover and died December 10.

Ababneh was charged with child abuse and neglect causing death.

Date: December 10, 2017
Milwaukee, Wisconsin


Documents: Date:
Mom Refuses to Let Doctors Perform Brain Surgery on Teen Living in Filth: ‘I’ve Already Lost Her’ 01-00-2018
Another ‘House of Horrors’? Mom allegedly refused an operation for her malnourished, abused teen daughter who died from a brain infection 01-29-2018
Mother Faces Up To 20 Years In Prison After Torturing Her 14-Year-Old Daughter and Allowing Her Fatal Brain Infection To Go Untreated 01-30-2018
Nearly two months after her death, the body of 14-year-old girl remains at Milwaukee County’s morgue 02-05-2018
Parents fight over remains of girl, 14, who died as a result of extreme neglect; mother facing charges 02-06-2018
Judge awards father custody of daughter’s body in abuse case 02-10-2018