Kepala Batas nanny claims trial to hurting 10-month-old baby

Audrey Dermawan

BUTTERWORTH: A 33-year-old nanny was charged at the magistrate’s court here today with hurting a toddler by pinching his chest last week.

Mas Haini Mohd Zaini claimed trial to the charge which was read to her before Magistrate Che Rohana Ismail.

She was alleged to have committed the offence on 10-month-old, Mohd Ayden in the living room of a house in Taman Sri Serdang, Kepala Batas near here on Aug 20 at 9.30am.

She was charged under Section 323 of the Penal Code for voluntarily causing hurt.

Prosecuting officer, Inspector Nor Aziah Hasan asked the court to set bail at RM6,000.

Mas Haini, clad in a blue tudung and an all-black attire, told the court that she has two children and that only her husband has a permanent job.

Che Rohana set bail at RM6,000 with one surety and fixed Sept 28 for mention.

Mas Haini’s family members were spotted sitting in the public gallery.

Earlier, when her case was called up, her unidentified father had stood up to address the court.

“Yang Arif, saya bapa dia (Your honour, I am her father),” he said before he was interjected by the court police, asking him to sit down.

Speaking to newsmen outside the court, Mas Haini’s legal counsel, Mohd Redzuan Mohamed Yusoff, who had just arrived from Kuala Lumpur, said he managed to change the mention date to Sept 21.

Asked if he was able to get the bail reduced, he said: “The court had decided on RM6,000 and any changes will involve a lot of documentation.”

“As such, the bail stays,” he added.

According to news reports, the nanny was alleged to have pinched the baby after he refused to stop crying, leaving bruises on his stomach and chest.

The incident was witnessed by her own four-year-old son.

She was arrested after the boy's mother took her son to the Kepala Batas Hospital for treatment. Doctors had informed police that the child could have been abused. © New Straits Times Press (M) Bhd