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Baby abused in child care


ALOR SETAR: A four-month-old baby girl sustained injuries to her brain and eyes, believed to be caused by a babysitter at a child care center on Wednesday.

The victim, Putri Wafa Mohd Saifuddin, was rushed to Hospital Sultan Abdul Halim (HSAH) in Sungai Petani by the centre’s owner after a baby started fitting and became unconscious.

Her father Saifuddin Seman, 26, said he received a call from the care centre at about 2.45pm (Wednesday) saying that his daughter had suffered a seizure.

The personnel from the Sungai Petani Army Airport Camp said his only child, who was said to be in critical condition, was then rushed to Hospital Sultanah Bahiyah (HSB) here, at around 8pm on the same day.
“A specialist said that my daughter experienced bleeding in the brain and eyes, believed to be due to being shaken violently or from a fall,” he told Bernama here today.

Saifuddin said the physician advised him to make a police report on the incident, as there were elements of abuse that may have caused the serious   bleeding to her brain and eyes.

He said prior to the incident, he and his wife Wan Nur Syafiah Wan Zain, 25, had found it strange that their daughter seemed less active than usual, since the first day she was placed in the care center.

“We thought she (the baby) was acting differently as it was the first day she had been away from her parents, and it continued on the second and third day. On the day of the incident, our child was in good health,” he said.

Saifuddin, who lives in Bandar Perdana, Sungai Petani, said the doctor told him that his daughter suffered seizures every three minutes.

“We leave it to the police to investigate and take action against the owner of the care centre and that they receive the appropriate punishment for their negligence,” he said.

Meanwhile, Kuala Muda district police chief ACP Khalil Ariffin confirmed receiving the report, and said the case was being investigated under Section 3 (1) of the Child Act 2001.- BERNAMA


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