IPOH: A car rental service worker was charged with immersing the head of a child into a pail with water that caused her death in an office at Kompleks Perdagangan DWJ Meru here.
Mustaqim Ab Wahab (pic)
, 32, claimed trial after being read the charge under Section 3(1)(a) of the Child Act before Sessions Court Judge Julie Lack Abdullah here on Thursday.
According to the charge sheet, Mustaqim was alleged to have submerged the head of Fatini Aleysha Abd Karim, then two, into a pail of water.
The incident occurred on May 24 last year between 4am and 5.41am.
Under the charge, any person who is caring for a child and abuses, neglects, abandons or exposes the child or acts negligently in a manner likely to cause physical or emotional injury is punishable with a maximum fine of RM50,000 or jail of not more than 20 years or both.
While mitigating for a lower bail, lawyer Ranjit Singh Sandhu said a Mustaqim earns about RM1,200 a month.
"He also has a two-year-old child. He was arrested on May 24 last year and was denied bail since," said Ranjit.
"He has been cooperative with the police over the investigation," he added.
The judge set bail at RM10,000 with one surety and Aug 13 for mention.
Deputy public prosecutor Naidatul Athirah Azman prosecuted.