Man fined for abusing wife, infant son after the child woke him up

Wan Ting Koh
Reporter
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SINGAPORE — A man who abused both his six-month-old son and wife after the infant woke him up was fined $4,500 on Monday (13 January).

The man, 25, and his wife, 20, cannot be named to protect the baby’s identity. The man, a cleaner, had earlier pleaded guilty to one charge each of causing hurt to his wife and causing hurt to his child by committing a rash act endangering his safety.

A charge of causing hurt to the boy by committing a rash act endangering his safety was considered for his sentencing.

On the morning of 2 September last year, the man was attempting to sleep but could not due to the noise his son was making. This angered the man.

At about 3pm, he called his wife to bring the child to the bed he was lying on. She complied. A while later, she heard the baby cry and saw him lying face down on the mattress of the bed with the man pressing down on the child’s neck. The infant vomited milk on the bed.

The wife intervened and a struggle ensued. The woman then asked her sister and the man’s brother for help. The sister and brother, 19 and 20 respectively, were dating and lived with the couple in the flat. They witnessed the abuse.

The wife slapped the man’s face and managed to grab her child. The furious man then punched her forehead. The woman ran out of the flat and passed the baby to a neighbour before going to a neighbourhood police centre to make a report. She told the police that her husband had assaulted her and tried to suffocate their baby.

The wife and infant later visited a hospital. She had a bruise on her forehead and was given seven days of hospitalisation leave. The baby was found to have not sustained any injuries. He was diagnosed with a non-accidental injury and also discharged from hospital.

For causing hurt, he could have been jailed up to two years and fined up to $5,000. For causing hurt by a rash act, he could have been jailed up to a year and fined a maximum $5,000.

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