The Saudi man told police he was peering into the bathroom by accident when he saw the maid trying to strangle his daughter.
“The man said he jumped on the maid and overpowered her. Police arrested the maid and are investigating her,” Hael daily said in a report from northwest Saudi Arabia.
It was the latest in a series of attacks on children by Ethiopian housemaids in the conservative Gulf Kingdom, where more than two million domestic servants work.
A Saudi official was quoted this week as calling for stopping the recruitment of maids from that east African country.