Her father, Mohammed, gave the following statement regarding the radicalization of his daughter.
"I had no idea. My little grandson shouldn't be going through this," he said. "She thinks they are safe there but they are not. She said before she left that IS would provide housing and social security. But what Islamic State has done is illegal and the owners of the land will come back one day. I just want them to come home."
She reportedly posted photos to social media networks of her and her young son posing with an AK-47 rifle and claimed that the baby had learned to say "Allahu Akbar" ("God is great").
On January 7 of last year, Tareena Shakil sent a message via WhatsApp, in which she said she was "coming home" and was in Turkey. She was arrested by British police at London's Heathrow Airport last February after arriving back on a flight from Turkey.
On the first day of the trial in Birmingham, jurors heard different messages that the former university student sent to friends and family in the UK regarding her experience as an ISIS jihadist.
In one message to her father who was back in England, she wrote, "I can leave, but I don't want to. I want to die here as a martyr," before adding that "there are too many blessings dying as a martyr. If you don't love ISIS I don't want to talk to you anymore."
Prosecutors also alleged that Tareena was married or willing to marry a terrorist of the Islamic State during her stay in Syria. She was also accused of using social media to incite terrorist acts. Shakil insists that she only took her son to Syria to escape an "unhappy family life," and she said she "left to build us all a house in heaven, Allah promised us heaven if we sacrifice our worldly life. I'm not coming back."