Tuesday, May 21

Nine-month-old child-abuse victim still in critical condition


SIBU: The nine-month-old victim of child-abuse, allegedly by a nanny, remains in critical condition at the Sibu Hospital, Sibu Police Chief ACP Stanley Jonathan Ringgit said.

He told reporters at a press conference yesterday that the baby was still unconscious and on life support.

“We get feedback from the hospital on the condition of the baby. Until now, the baby is still in critical condition,” he lamented.

On another victim, aged 17-months, he confirmed that the boy suffered minor injuries on the gum and a tooth.

“The suspect is being remanded to facilitate investigation under Section 31(1)(a) of the Child Act 2001,” Stanley said.

The 39-year-old suspect has been under a four-day remand since Wednesday.

She was arrested at a house in Permai Road on Tuesday following a police report from the father of the nine months old victim.

The boy’s parents are school teachers and had reportedly sent their son to the nanny’s house at 5.30am on Monday.

At about noon, they received a phone call from the suspect informing them that their son had trouble breathing.

When they arrived at the nanny’s house, their son was listless. They rushed the baby to the Sibu Hospital.

Earlier medical reports showed that the victim had bleeding and swelling in his brain and eyes as well as bone fracture on the left side of his head, believed to have been caused by blows to the head or shaking.

The 17-month-old victim, on the other hand, was believed to have sustained broken incisor teeth on the upper jaw and bruises on the lips.