Police to record statements from nanny's neighbours

Bernama

SEREMBAN: The police will record the statement from the neighbours of the nanny of four-month-old baby Muhammad Ummar Zayyan Mohamad Haikal Hafiz, who was said to be unconscious while under the care of the childminder.

Negeri Sembilan police chief Datuk Noor Azam Jamaludin said this was to help the police complete its investigation into the case as the baby was understood to be in a coma.

“So far we have recorded statements from the parents while the babysitter is still being remanded.

“We also want to know whether the neighbours had heard the baby crying,” he told a press conference here today.

The 23-year-old childminder was arrested at the Seremban District Police Headquarters last Friday and the remand order was issued for seven days until Friday.

It was previously reported that the baby’s mother Zura Emilia Mokhtar, had said that her son was unconscious and was being treated at the Paediatric Intensive Care Centre (PICU), Tuanku Jaafar Hospital (HTJ) near here.

She said that the doctor who had treated her son had said that the child suffered bleeding in the brain and was breathing with the help of a ventilator.

Meanwhile, Negeri Sembilan Women, Family and Welfare Affairs Committee chairman Tan Lee Koon, who visited the hospital today, said the childminder had no formal training and was not accredited by the Social Welfare Department (JKM) through PERMATA’s early childhood care and education programme.

“Each childminder must receive training from PERMATA before being registered with the department. This is a major problem and to address this, I recommend that the list of babysitters registered with the JKM is distributed to all.

“I advise parents not to hire childminders without training even if their rates are lower,” she said.

Tan added that she would propose to the relevant ministries besides the training provided by PERMATA, that childminders be subject to screenings such as psychological tests and that their criminal records should also be checked in advance to avoid such unfortunate incidents from happening. – BERNAMA


The 23-year-old childminder was arrested at the Seremban District Police Headquarters last Friday and the remand order was issued for seven days until Friday. (NSTP/IQMAL HAQIM ROSMAN)

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