Published: Sunday February 24, 2013 MYT 10:36:00 PM
Indonesian maid held for suspected child abuse
KOTA BARU: An Indonesian maid has been arrested by police on suspicion that she had abused a 15-month-old girl at a house in Jalan Bayam here.
Kota Baharu police chief ACP Azham Othman said the 41-year-old maid, who was picked up on Saturday, had been placed on remand for four days from Sunday to assist investigations.
He said the parents of the girl became suspicious after they found bruise marks on the child and, when asked about it, the maid had replied they were due to the child knocking into things around the house.
Following in the footsteps of a child abuse case in Kuantan, the couple installed a hidden camera in the house and found their suspicions to be true and lodged a police report, he told reporters at his office here Sunday.
He said the camera's recording showed the maid pinching and hitting the girl while doing some sewing work. However, the couple's other child, a two-year-old boy, was not abused by the maid.
Azham said the maid had been working for the family since 2009 and that her employment contract was due to end this October.
In the Kuantan case, an Indonesian maid had hit and flung around a baby under her care and was sentenced to 20 years in jail. - Bernama
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