Baby found unconscious: Babysitter remanded for seven days

Nur Aqidah Azizi

SEREMBAN: The babysitter of a four-month-old baby boy, Muhammad Ummar Zayyan Muhammad Haikal Hafiz, who was found unconscious while under her care last Monday, has been remanded for seven days.

The remand order was issued by Seremban Remand Special Court Registrar Nur Hayatie Mohd Saini this morning.

Seremban district police chief Assistant Commissioner Thiew Hock Poh said the babysitter would be remanded starting today until August 31 to facilitate investigation under Section 31 (1) (a) of the Child Act 2001.

The woman, from Taman Sri Mambau, here, was arrested at 8.45pm yesterday at the Seremban police district headquarters following internal injuries found on the baby boy.

The baby was rushed to the Tuanku Jaafar Hospital Seremban (TJHS) on Monday after he was found unconscious at his babysitter’s house.

“On Aug 20, the infant’s mother received a call from the babysitter informing about her baby’s condition who had shown signs of weakness due to crying.

“The infant’s father rushed to the babysitter’s house in Taman Sri Mambau, Seremban, before sending him to TJHS for treatment,” said Thiew.

Yesterday, the media had reported that Muhammad Ummar suffered internal injuries on his brain and eyes.

His mother, Zura Emilia Mokhtar, 26, when contacted, said she and her husband got to know about the babysitter from a Facebook page and had only sent their son there for a week.

“Last Monday, I received a call from the babysitter informing about my baby boy’s condition who was unconscious. My husband immediately fetched our son and sent him to TJHS for immediate treatment,” she said.

The incident became viral on Facebook when a man claimed that the doctor had also found bruises on the baby’s abdomen and thigh.

Asked on the matter, Zura Emilia said she did not expect the incident to become viral and refused to blame anybody and would leave the case to the police for further investigation. © New Straits Times Press (M) Bhd