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Haitian immigrant in police beating case reunited with daughter

September 4, 1997

NEW YORK (AP) _ The Haitian immigrant allegedly sodomized at a police stationhouse was reunited Wednesday with the 6-year-old daughter he hadn’t seen since leaving his homeland when she was an infant.

``She was just jubilant, but she knew Daddy was hurt,″ said Bishop David J. Billings III, a pastor in the Church of God in Christ International in Brooklyn.

Abnia Samantha Louima arrived in the United States last week but the reunion with her father, Abner Louima, was delayed when his condition temporarily worsened.

One of Louima’s lawyers, Sanford Rubenstein, said doctors wanted him to be free of tubes in his nose so his daughter wouldn’t be frightened.

Louima, 30, last saw his daughter when he left Haiti in 1993. She was only six months old.

Billings was among more than a dozen clergy who prayed with Louima and his family at Brooklyn Hospital Center, where Louima is in stable condition. Father and daughter conversed in their native Creole, which the visitors didn’t understand.

``We could see the expressions. The expressions showed love,″ Billings said. ``She is a loving little girl, very sweet and very mild. I saw quite a few people shedding tears.″

Four police officers are charged with assaulting Louima on Aug. 9 at the 70th Precinct in Brooklyn following his disorderly conduct arrest outside a nightclub. Prosecutors say Louima was sodomized with a wooden stick in a bathroom.

Authorities say the attack on Louima was racially motivated. Louima has filed a $55 million lawsuit against the city and his attorneys said they will amend it to seek $465 million.

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