Baby suffers fracture, woman nabbed

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PARIT — A three-month-old baby believed to have been abused by his childminder was admitted at the Seri Manjung Hospital.

Perak Tengah police chief Superintendent Mohamad Zainal Abdullah said Muhammad Zaheen Affan Mohamad Zulkarnain had suffered a broken right hand. His minder, a 42-year-old woman from Seri Iskandar, had been detained.

Mohamad Zainal said the child’s father had lodged a police report at about 11am on Wednesday, and the woman was detained a few hours later.

He said the father had gone to the babysitter’s house after receiving a phone call that his son had been crying non-stop.

He was shocked to see the condition of his child’s right hand and was informed by the babysitter’s husband that the child had “sprained” it.

The father then rushed him to the Changkat Melintang Hospital, but hospital authorities referred the baby to the Seri Manjung Hospital in Lumut.

Mohamad Zainal said the hospital authorities found that the baby’s hand was believed to have been “twisted” causing the fracture.

He said the woman would be remanded for four days from today to assist in investigations under Section 325 of the Penal Code for causing serious injuries and Section 31 (1) under the Child Act 2001.

The baby’s mother, who wanted to be known as Akma, 28, said her son was in the babysitter’s care for only two hours, before her husband received the phone call.

She said she could not bear to see her child in that condition saying that he would cry whenever she touched his right hand.

She said that the authorities should carry out a thorough investigation into the matter. — Bernama