Kepala Batas nanny in custody for pinching 10-month-old

Audrey Dermawan

KEPALA BATAS: Exasperated that a boy under her care had refused to stop crying, a 33-year-old nanny started pinching the 10-month-old, leaving bruises on his stomach and chest, in an incident at her home in Taman Sri Serdang here on Monday.

The incident was witnessed by the nanny’s own four-year-old son, who will be assisting police in their investigation.

Seberang Prai Utara district police chief Assistant Commissioner Noorzainy Mohd Noor said the toddler’s mother had sent her son to the nanny at about 7am yesterday.

Police said at about 10am, the mother received a WhatsApp message from the nanny, informing her of the bruises on his body.

“The mother then took her son to the Kepala Batas Hospital for treatment.

“At about 2.30pm, we received a call from the doctor at the hospital’s emergency department, informing us that the bruises on the toddler’s chest suggested that he could have been abused.

“Four hours later, we detained the nanny for questioning, and she admitted to inflicting injuries on the toddler,” he said today.

Noorzainy said the nanny had admitted to pinching the toddler as he had refused to stop crying, which left her fuming.

“The incident, which took place in the living room, was witnessed by the nanny’s four-year-old son, who will be a witness to the incident,” he added.

Noorzainy also said that doctor who attended to the toddler confirmed many bruises on his chest and stomach, and even new bruises.

“There were no other internal injuries on the child,” he noted.

The nanny has been remanded this morning to assist investigation under Section 31(1) of the Child Act.

Meanwhile, a relative of the toddler took to social media to vent her anger towards the nanny.

She said she decided to spread the news to ensure that other children do not fall victim to the same nanny, just like her nephew, identified only as Ayden. © New Straits Times Press (M) Bhd