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LA couple jailed in Qatar for daughter's death

Matthew and Grace Huang are seen with their three adopted children in this undated photo.

August 7, 2013 9:56:39 AM PDT
A Los Angeles couple has been jailed in the Middle Eastern country of Qatar. They are charged in the death of their adopted child.

Matthew and Grace Huang were arrested in Doha, Qatar, shortly after their daughter died on Jan. 15. A coalition of groups is trying to publicize what they call the couple's unjust arrests.

The Qatar government is accusing the couple of starving to death their 8-year-old daughter Gloria, who was adopted from Ghana when she was 4.

But according to supporters of the couple, the child suffered eating disorders due to past malnourishment before she was adopted. When the girl died, she was in an anorexic episode and had not eaten in as many as four days, according to a report prepared in the U.S. by Janice Ophoven, a pediatric forensic pathologist who reviewed the case for the family.

The couple faces charges of murder with intent. Their two other children, also adopted from Africa, have been banned from leaving Qatar and are in the care of their grandmother.

The Huangs moved to Qatar in 2012 so Matthew Huang could work as an engineer on two major infrastructure projects associated with improvements for the 2022 World Cup, according to a narrative of the case posted on the family's website, http://www.freemattandgrace.com.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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