KUALA LUMPUR: A part-time babysitter was fined RM12,000, in default of six months' jail, by the Sessions Court on Thursday (Sept 12) for slapping a six-month-old baby.
Sessions Court judge Rohatul Akmar Abdullah passed the sentence after Indonesian Anisah Ahmad, a babysitter, pleaded guilty.
The 42-year-old was charged under Section 31(1)(a) of the Child Act 2001, which carries a fine of up to RM20,000 or imprisonment of up to 10 years, or both.
Rohatul ordered that the fine to be paid at once, failing which a six-month prison term awaited the accused.
Earlier, deputy public prosecutor Afiq Nazrin Zaharinan said that the baby's father had made a police report at Wangsa Maju police station after his wife found bruises on their child's cheek.
Reading from the statement of facts, DPP Afiq said the baby's mother noticed the bruises after picking up her child from Anisah's residence at Taman Setapak Jaya Baru in the afternoon of Aug 27.
"When the father confronted the babysitter (Anisah), she told him that the baby had fallen off the cradle.
"The parents did not believe this and brought their child for a check-up at Hospital Kuala Lumpur (HKL), where it was found that the child had bruises on her left check," he said.
DPP Afiq asked for a deterrent sentence to be handed down to the accused, both as a lesson for her to not repeat the act and to prevent anyone else from committing such an act.
"The baby's parents had made a social media post on the incident and the post went viral on social media, so a deterrent sentence would give a message to the public to avoid committing the offence," he said.
The fact that the victim was an innocent child should also be taken into account, he added.
Anisah, who was unrepresented, requested a lighter sentence, saying she was the sole provider for her family.
She told the court her husband was suffering from stage four of mouth cancer and was unable to work.
She also said she committed the act while under stress due to the burden of taking care of her sick husband and from the family's financial difficulties