A mother was horrified to discover her three-year-old son tied up and lying on the floor of her babysitter's home in Taman Seri Pinang near Butterworth, Penang.
The 38-year-old factory worker, who was conducting a spot check on the babysitter, immediately raised the alarm.
The child's hands were tied behind his back with a belt and his legs were bound with a piece of string.
"Only the child and the babysitter's 11-year-old son were in the flat when the mother dropped in for the surprise check," a source told The Star.
"She immediately called out to neighbours and phoned her babysitter to return home immediately."
Police arrested the 39-year-old babysitter after the woman lodged a police report.
The mother, a factory worker who was not named in the report, had been sending her son to the babysitter since June last year.
However, she noticed that the child always looked tired and hungry.
On Tuesday, the mother, who lives in the same block of flats as the babysitter, dropped her son off at the babysitter's home at about 5.30am before leaving for work.
Suspecting something was amiss, she returned at 10am to check on her son, only to discover the pitiful sight.
Fortunately, the child was not injured.
The babysitter, who was also not named, claimed that the child was extremely naughty and had to be tied up.
North Seberang Prai Deputy Superintendent Mohd Sukri Awang confirmed the incident.
North Seberang Perai Assistant Commissioner Abdul Rahman Ibrahim said investigations have been wrapped up and papers submitted to the Deputy Public Prosecutor for further action.
The New Straits Times reported that the babysitter will be charged in court today.
This article was first published on Oct 31, 2014.
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