KUALA LUMPUR - The presence of six children waiting for their mother to be charged with allegedly abusing a toddler caught the eye of those in a magistrate's court here yesterday.
The children, five girls and a boy, aged between 1 and 10, came with their father for the hearing.
The father was seen holding the youngest child.
Their mother, Rozita Awang, 35, the operator of Taska Permata Harapan in Taman Melati here, was seen wiping tears when her counsel pleaded that she be released on bail.
Rozita was charged with abusing the 1-year-old boy in a manner likely to cause him physical or emotional injury at the daycare centre at 11.35am on Oct 18.
The offence, under section 31(1)(a) of the Child Act 2001, carries a maximum fine of RM20,000 or a maximum 10 years' jail or both on conviction. Rozita pleaded not guilty.
Deputy public prosecutor Siti Aisyah Ahmad urged the court not to grant bail as Rozita was charged with a non-bailable offence.
Counsel Muhammad Syazwan Mohd Salleh asked the court to use its discretion to release Rozita on bail as his client had six small children.
"Her youngest child is still breastfeeding.