KUALA LUMPUR: An assistant medical officer at an orphanage centre was charged at the Sessions Court here today with abusing a two-year-old girl who is one of the residents.

Mohamed Syafiq Mohamed Noor, 27, who is still working at the centre, however, pleaded not guilty when the charge was read to him before Judge Mahyon Talib.

The father of two was charged with intentionally abusing the victim which caused her to suffer bruises on her face at the Tengku Budriah Orphanage Centre in Cheras at 8.30pm on Oct 11 last year.

The offence falls under Section 31(1)(a) of the Child Act 2001 and Section 3(2)(a) of the same Act, which carries a maximum 10 years’ imprisonment, a fine of up to RM20,000, or both, upon conviction.

Deputy Public Prosecutor N. Joy Jothi urged the court not to grant bail as it was a serious offence.

However, lawyer Muhammad Amin Abdullah, who represented the accused, pleaded for minimum bail stating that his client was a sole breadwinner and needed to support his disabled brother.

The court set RM15,000 bail with one surety and fixed Jan 29 for mention.

Syafiq paid the bail.