Tragedy tot's mum charged with lover
May 13 2008 by Andrew Hirst, Huddersfield Daily Examiner
A TWO-year-old girl who died after paramedics were called to her home had suffered multiple injuries.
Sanam Navsarka had fractures to both her legs and arms, but the cause of her death has yet to be established.
Her 21-year-old mother, Zahbeena Navsarka, and her partner, Subhan Anwar, also 21, have been charged in connection with the little girl’s death.
They lived together on Riddings Road in Sheepridge.
Paramedics were called to the house last Thursday night after a call for help that Sanam was lifeless.
She was pronounced dead at Huddersfield Royal Infirmary at 11.30pm that night.
Navsarka and Anwar were arrested and have both been charged with grievous bodily harm with intent along with a separate charge of child neglect.
Police have today urged anyone who has any information about the case to contact them urgently.
The pair appeared before Huddersfield magistrates yesterday. Both confirmed their name and address and the charges were read out in court.
Neither made any plea.
A burly security guard sat between them in the dock.
The offences are alleged to have been committed between April 24 and May 9.
Anwar has lived all his life in the Batley and Dewsbury areas and is a former pupil at Batley Grammar School where he achieved 10 GCSEs.
He went on to study a BTech in engineering. He is unemployed at the moment, but has had jobs in the past.
Navsarka is estranged from her family, but more than 15 of Anwar’s relatives were in court to watch the proceedings.
Applications for bail were made by solicitor Mr Jonathan Slawinski for Navsarka and Mr Mike Devlin for Anwar.
When magistrates rejected both, Anwar broke down in tears in the dock and several of the female members of his family wept in the public gallery.
Both were remanded in custody to appear before Bradford Crown Court next Monday for a plea and directions hearing.
Navsarka will appear in person and Anwar via a TV link from Leeds Prison.
Detectives have now made a plea for information and need to hear from anyone who can help the investigation into what happened to Sanam or saw her over the last few weeks.
Contact West Yorkshire Police’s Homicide and Major Enquiry Team at Dudley Hill via West Yorkshire Police on 0845 6060606.