PARIT: A 3-month-old baby believed to have been abused by his babysitter was rushed to hospital on Wednesday with a broken right hand.
Authorities at the Seri Manjung Hospital in Lumut determined that the baby’s hand had been violently twisted, causing it to break, Bernama reported.
Following the assessment, the father lodged a police report yesterday and the child minder – a 42-year-old woman from Seri Iskandar – was detained a few hours later.
The incident unfolded when the baby’s father received a call from the babysitter informing him that his son was “crying non-stop.”
The father rushed to the child minder’s house and was shocked to see the condition of his baby’s hand, which was badly contorted and swollen.
When asked what had happened, the babysitter said that the infant had somehow “sprained his own hand.”
According to Bernama, the father then rushed his son to the Changkat Melintang Hospital, but authorities there referred the baby to the Seri Manjung Hospital.
Meanwhile, the baby’s mother, who wants only to be known as “Akma,” said her son was under the babysitter's care for just two hours before her husband received the dreaded phone call.
Akma, 28, who is rooted to her baby’s hospital bedside, said that her son is in terrible pain and would cry whenever she touched his right hand.
She told Bernama that she cannot bear to see her baby in this condition and that she hopes the authorities will carry out a thorough investigation of the incident.
Perak Tengah district police chief Superintendent Mohamad Zainal Abdullah said the woman will be remanded four days from today to assist in investigations under Section 325 of the Penal Code for causing serious injury; and Section 31 (1) under the Child Act 2001. © New Straits Times Press (M) Bhd