US couple remain in Qatar jail over daughter death

DOHA, Qatar (AP) — A judge in Qatar has ordered an American couple to remain jailed during their trial on charges of starving to death their 8-year-old adopted daughter. The couple claims the girl died in January from medical problems complicated by anorexia-like bouts.

The case has stirred support from groups from California, where the couple lived until 2012 in Los Angeles.

Judge Abdullah al-Emady ordered Tuesday Matthew and Grace Huang to remain detained until at least the next hearing on Nov. 6.

The prosecution alleges the couple denied food to their daughter Gloria, who was born in Ghana.

The couple says the girl had various medical problems and also erratic eating habits, including binging and self-starvation.

Matthew was working on engineering projects in Qatar. The couple has two other children adopted from Africa. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language, racial slurs or consistent name calling will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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