Crime & Courts

Indonesian woman, 51, claims trial to child neglect charge, leading to death

KUALA LUMPUR: A 51-year-old Indonesian woman pleaded not guilty in the Sessions Court today to neglecting a two-month-old baby girl, which resulted in the child's death last month.

Mulyati Kalim was charged with negligence while babysitting the infant by leaving her without supervision at a nursery near Kota Damansara at about 9.40am on Oct 10, this year.

She was charged under Section 31(1)(a) of the Child Act 2001, which carries a maximum fine of RM50,000 or 20 years' imprisonment or both, upon conviction.

Deputy Public Prosecutor P. Vithiya Monisha prosecuted while lawyer Badrul Munir Bukhari appeared for the accused.

The court set RM15,000 bail with two sureties and fixed Dec 21 for mention.

On Oct 14, Petaling Jaya district police chief Assistant Commissioner Mohamad Fakhrudin Abdul Hamid said the incident occurred on the second day after the victim, Qaseh Aulia Faizul, was sent to a daycare centre in Section 6, Kota Damansara.

The victim's father, Faizul Ali Adam, revealed that he received a call from the daycare centre informing him that his child was unconscious and exhibited a pale and bluish complexion prior to being taken to a hospital in Kota Damansara.

Upon arriving at the hospital, Faizal was informed that his child had died, and her body was referred to the University of Malaya Medical Center (PPUM) for a post-mortem.

Faizal later lodged a police report after reviewing the closed-circuit television (CCTV) footage captured at the daycare centre and wherein he identified signs of carer negligence.

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