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U.S. Christian Couple Convicted in Qatar of Adopted Daughter's Death

Prosecutors insist Huangs murdered Ghanaian daughter to harvest her organs. Defenders explain why Americans adopt at-risk kids.
U.S. Christian Couple Convicted in Qatar of Adopted Daughter's Death
Image: Courtesy of Free Matt and Grace
Grace and Matt Huang with two of their three adopted children.

An American couple living in Qatar has been convicted of the death of their adopted daughter and sentenced to three years in prison.

CT previously reported how Qatari officials accused Matthew and Grace Huang of starving Gloria, who died suddenly last January, in order to harvest her organs. Police were skeptical that American Christians would adopt children who are not "good-looking" or lack the same "hereditary traits."

The couple's defense: Gloria's history of malnutrition from her home country of Ghana had given her an eating disorder.

"We have just been wrongfully convicted and we feel as if we are being kidnapped by the Qatar judicial system," said Matthew Huang in a statement after the trial. "This verdict is wrong and appears to be nothing more than an effort to save face."

The Huangs have endured a grueling series of events since Gloria's death, including an 11-month detention before being released in November, reports ...

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