BUTTERWORTH: An Indonesian woman pleaded guilty at the Sessions Court today to a charge of abusing her 15-month-old son who developed severe injuries which led to his death last month.
The accused, identified only as Nisa, 26, made the plea when the charge was read to her before judge Noor Aini Yusof.
She was alleged to have neglected Kong Chew Wan in a way which may have led to the physical injuries he suffered at their house in Paya Lahar Kepah, Kepala Batas, about 4.30pm on Nov 22.
She was charged under Section 31 (1)(a) of the Child Act 2001, which carries a maximum RM5,000 fine, or maximum 20-year jail term, or both, upon conviction.
Noor Aini set Jan 5 for sentencing pending medical and post-mortem reports.
Nisa was unrepresented, while deputy public prosecutor Roslina Idris prosecuted.
No bail was offered as Nisa told Noor Aini that she was not keen to apply for bail.
Earlier, Nisa was seen with tears welling in her eyes before proceedings started.
She was later seen turning to her husband at the public gallery after proceedings ended, shaking her head several times.
On Nov 26, the New Straits Times reported that the toddler slipped into a coma after suffering brain haemorrhage following suspected abuse by his mother.
The woman had told police that the boy fell down and knocked his forehead on the floor of the living room while playing at their home in Paya Lahar Kepar on Nov 23. She also told police that there were bruises on her son's head after the fall and he soon became weak.
Doctor who attended to the child, however, claimed there was internal bleeding in the head. The boy also had bruises on his chest, left leg and under his left eye.
A child specialist at the Kepala Batas Hospital later confirmed the serious injuries in the head were the impact of blunt trauma against the forehead and right cheek. There were also other bruises on the boy's bodies which were of different colour.
The doctor believed the injuries were voluntarily inflicted and not a result of an accident.
Neighbours had claimed that the woman may have suffered from mental disorder.
The child died while receiving treatment at the Penang Hospital’s intensive care unit on Nov 27.