KUALA PILAH: A 35-year-old woman pleaded guilty at the Sessions Court here to a charge of abusing her 10-year-old stepbrother-in-law at their home in Felda Raja Alias 4 in Jempol.
The woman confessed to the crime after the charge was read to her by the court interpreter before judge Norma Ismail.
She was charged with using a cane to hit the victim at 8.30am on June 4. The beatings caused the boy to suffer injuries on his back, hands, legs, ear and head.
The accused was charged under Section 31 (1)(a) of the Child Act 2001 for mistreatment, neglect, abandonment and exposing a minor to harm.
Offenders can be fined up to RM50,000, jailed up to 20 years or both upon conviction.
The judgment will be delivered on another date pending a medical report on the victim’s condition.
Norma fixed July 14 for next mention.
The accused, who was unrepresented, was released on RM5,000 bail with one surety.
The accused and her husband were arrested on June 4 for allegedly abusing the victim who was the man’s stepbrother.
This came after police received a call from a member of the public that a boy had apparently been badly caned.
A police team was immediately sent to the house to investigate.
Police later sent the boy, who had some injuries on his body, to the Jempol Hospital for treatment.