HIDDEN cameras in the kitchen and living room of a Bishan flat captured a 24-year-old maid abusing her employers' four-month-old daughter.
The footage showed that when she could not pacify the crying baby, the Indonesian maid would hit the tiny girl on her head.
On Monday, District Judge Wong Keen Onn jailed the maid, Aan Andriyanim, for two years and three months after she pleaded guilty to seven charges of child abuse.
Some time last year, the baby's parents installed video cameras in their flat “for security reasons”.
The cameras were switched on when the maid started work on Nov 13 that year, as she was left alone to take care of the baby because the couple spent long hours at work.
The 42-year-old father would switch them on before he, his wife and their older daughter left home in the morning.
Initially, the couple viewed some of the recordings, but after growing to trust the maid, they stopped watching them altogether. But they did not stop having the cameras on.
Not long afterwards, the child's mother noticed that her baby cried frequently.
Suspecting that the maid was not taking proper care of her daughter, she decided on Jan 4 to view the previous day's footage.
To her horror, she saw her daughter being physically abused. She immediately told her husband, who made a police report.
The recordings showed that the maid would hit the infant on the head with her bare hands or with objects like a milk bottle or a book, when she refused to stop crying. – The Straits Times/Asia News Network