Baby falls off bed twice, found dead next day

Baby falls off bed twice, found dead next day

SINGAPORE - She was in the toilet in the morning at about 7 when she heard a loud thud.

Madam Tina Rudaie rushed out and saw that her one-year-old baby boy had fallen off the bed and hit the back of his head on the floor.

She didn't think much, especially since he didn't cry and even smiled at her. She also checked his head and didn't see any injury.

About three hours later, the toddler again fell from his bed, this time he suffered a bruise on his forehead.

But again the housewife didn't think much of it.

Throughout the day, her son appeared normal, she said. He ate, slept and played.

But when Madam Tina, 39, woke up the next morning, to her shock, her son, Muhammad Zaffullah Lim,was dead.

"I woke up about 6am and found him breathless and motionless.

"I called out to him to wake him up and there was no answer nor any response. He was also not breathing.

"His eyes were half open and only the whites were showing. His hands were also bluish in colour and he was cold. I was so shocked to see that," she told The New Paper.

She said she found him lying next to her face up and with both his palms open beside his face.

She quickly asked her oldest daughter, 16, to call her husband,who was at work then.

They also called for an ambulance, which rushed the toddler to KK Women's and Children's Hospital.

Paramedics tried to revive him, but didn't succeed, she said.

Her husband, Mr Lim Phan Jang, 31, an offshore rigger, rushed to the hospital.

The Malaysian, who had not been home since Sunday, told TNP: "I didn't even get to see him one last time. I only saw him at the hospital.

"His grandparents in Kuching, Sarawak, have not even seen him since he was born."

The father spoke fondly of his son, whom they called Didi. The family had just celebrated the boy's first birthday on Saturday.

He said that Didi laughed a lot, loved to pat him on his back and perform cute antics.

"Now I can't see these any more," he said, breaking down.

He said: "Last night (Wednesday night), I even dreamt of him tapping me to wake me up and smiling at me.

"It felt so real. When I woke up, I realised that he is already gone."

Hari Raya without Didi

Hari Raya without Didi

They have even bought new clothes for him for the coming Hari Raya Puasa.

He said: "He didn't wait for me to return from work. I'd wanted to take leave and take the kids out.Who knows, this happened."

Madam Tina described the boy as hyperactive who loved to "bang his head on the wall" and "bully his older sisters".

He was also very close to his second sister, who is 2 1/2 years old, she said.

She said: "Every night before I sleep, I would turn to him, smell him and give him a kiss. Now I can't do that any more."

She also said that Didi had been having diarrhoea, vomiting and coughing since last week.

She said: "I wanted to take him to see the doctor that morning, but it's now too late."

He was buried on Thursday according to Muslim rites.

When TNP visited their rented HDB studio flat on Thursday, friends and relatives were saying prayers for the boy.

A queen-size bed occupies one corner while a wardrobe and plastic drawers line one wall.

The kitchen and toilet were just a few steps away from the bed. The bed is about half a metre high from the mosaic floor.

Near the spot where the baby landed, there is a traditional spring-based baby rocker.

No baby cot was seen.

When asked why there was no baby cot, Madam Tina replied: "Where got space? Whereto put?"

This article was first published in The New Paper.

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