Saira Khan, the older sister of alleged San Bernardino shooter Syed Farook, is hoping to adopt the baby girl who was left behind by Farook and his wife Tashfeen Malik. The couple had left their daughter in the care of her grandmother before carrying out the massacre that left at least 14 people dead and 21 injured. The child is currently with the county’s child protective services and there will be a hearing to determine where she will live.

Khan told ABC News she and husband Farhan Khan could provide a “stable upbringing” for the baby. “For the time being, we want her to enjoy her innocence,” she said. “We don’t want her to know everything, but I think eventually she will find out probably on her own.”

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Khan says her family is trying to make sense of what happened. “It’s harder for us to understand, especially knowing that he was our brother and he was so happy with her,” Khan said. “How can he leave his only child, you know? And how could the mother do this?”

Khan and her husband have two children of their own, a 2-year-old girl and 7-year-old boy. She says their son has been having terrifying nightmares since the tragedy occurred.


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