Maid held over abuse of child


  • Nation
  • Wednesday, 14 Jul 2004

BY MAZWIN NIK ANIS

JOHOR BARU: A 30-year-old Indonesian maid has been detained for allegedly abusing her employer’s two-year-old daughter. 

The arrest followed a police report by housewife Tan Gek Liang, 36, against the woman who had been working with the family for seven months. 

The maid was picked up at around midnight on Sunday after a doctor told the family that the infant had a blood clot and a ruptured liver, which might have been the result of abuse. 

Tan attending to her daughter Lin Sin Ying at the Puteri Specialist Hospital. With them is Pengkalan assemblyman Low Teh Hian.

Met at the Puteri Specialist Hospital here, Tan said the incident occurred on Sunday when she, her husband and two other daughters, aged 12 and four, had gone out, leaving their youngest daughter Lin Sin Ying in the care of the maid at their home in Taman Tampoi Indah. 

At around 2pm, when the eldest daughter returned home from tuition class she found her baby sister crying and saying her stomach was hurting. The girl immediately called her mother who rushed home.  

“I took my baby to a nearby clinic, and the doctor advised me to go to the hospital where they performed a scan and found a blood clot and suspected her liver might be ruptured.” 

Tan said the doctor suspected that Sin Ying might have been abused and advised her to lodge a police report. 

Tan claimed she had never suspected the maid to be abusive although on two occasions she found bruises on her daughter’s head. 

“When I asked the maid how my daughter got bruised the first time, she said my four-year-old had beaten her, and on the second incident, she said the baby had fallen off the bed.” 

Johor Baru (south) OCPD Senior Assistant Commissioner Hashim Mohd Yusof confirmed that a police report had been lodged and the maid has been detained for further questioning.  

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