A 22-YEAR-OLD Indonesian maid was jailed for 10 months on Thursday for scalding a toddler in her care.
Eni Suciana Sukarman admitted to splashing a cup of hot water on the two-year-old girl.
She denied it when first confronted, but later admitted doing it deliberately. The court was not told why she did it.
Eni pleaded guilty in a district court to hurting the child by dangerous means on Aug 19.
She had been working for the family for about a year, looking after the girl and her one-year-old brother.
The incident came to light when a family friend visited their Commonwealth Close home at 6.30pm on Aug 19, and saw the girl sitting outside the master bedroom, crying loudly with red blotches on her face and back.
When he asked Eni what happened, she said the child had scalded herself playing with hot water.
He immediately called the girl's mother, who came home and took her daughter to the National University Hospital.
NUH's child abuse team's report said the maid had been negligent in not telling her employer about the incident.
The paediatrician who examined the child said in the report that the maid had told the girl's mother all was well, when her employer called in the evening.
A separate report said the scalding could have resulted from hot water being splashed on the girl. – The Straits Times/Asia News Network
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