The Singapore Police Force (SPF) is investigating a case where a five-year-old boy was allegedly slapped by a stranger in Sengkang last Saturday (6 January).
The boy’s mother, Vivien Chan, took to Facebook to recount the incident at Block 182A, Rivervale Crescent. In a post on 9 January, Chan said her child was “slapped and kicked” by a stranger while the boy and his maid were in a mini-mart on Saturday morning.
Chan posted closed-circuit television footage of the encounter, which showed a man in a blue shirt and the moment the alleged assault occurred.
Chan said she and her husband managed to locate the alleged culprit after speaking to witnesses around the mini-mart. They also followed him and informed the police of the man’s whereabouts. Chan also expressed frustration that the man was not arrested after the police located the man. Her Facebook post has since been shared more than 7,000 times.
The SPF confirmed that they received a report on 6 January that a 5-year-old boy was slapped by an unknown man.
“Based on the preliminary details and statements of the parties concerned, the case was classified as Voluntarily Causing Hurt, under section 323 of the Penal Code, Chapter 224, which is a non-arrestable offence,” said a police statement on 10 January.
The police have interviewed the man and have also “engaged the parents of the boy to provide updates on the case”.
Investigations are ongoing.
“The police take a serious view of such incidents involving vulnerable victims like children and the elderly, and will not hesitate to take action against the perpetrator,” said SPF.