Crime & Courts

Babysitter pleads not guilty to neglect over toddler's drowning

KUALA LUMPUR: A babysitter pleaded not guilty in the Sessions Court here today to a charge of neglecting a three-year-old girl who was under her care, causing the child to drown in an incident at a house in Wangsa Maju two weeks ago.

Siti Aina Nurnisa Mohammad Sai'd, 25, was charged with having neglected the child under her care in a manner that caused her to drown in an apartment unit in Lojing Height, Wangsa Maju near here between 11am and 11.20am last Sept 20.

Under Section 31(1)(a) of the Child Act 2001, the charge provides a fine of not more than RM50,000 or a maximum imprisonment of 20 years or both, if convicted.

Judge Hamidah Mohamed Deril allowed the woman bail of RM5,000 with one surety and fixed Nov 15 for mention.

Deputy public prosecutor Lim Chooi Yi prosecuted, while lawyer Muhammad Irsyad Mohamad Hassan represented the accused, who has three children, including a one-year-old who is breastfeeding, and is taking care of her parents, including a bedridden father. — BERNAMA

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