A 40-year-old mother who abandoned her handicapped son, 15, in a filthy flat has been sentenced to prison for four months.
Lolanopita Sadi, who is from Seremban, Negeri Sembilan, has also been ordered to pay a RM10,000 (S$3,860) fine.
In a case which has shocked Malaysians, the mother had left her son, Muhammad Firdaus Dullah, to fend for himself in his tattered and soiled clothes in a flat in the town of Nilai.
Sessions Court judge Kamarudin Kamsum said Lolanopita would have to serve an additional three months in prison if she cannot pay the fine, The Star reported.
Clad in a beige baju kurung and blue headscarf, Lolanopita, who works for a catering company was charged with deliberately neglecting Muhammad Firdaus between January and June 21 by abandoning him in a room in a flat in Nilai, which could have caused him physical and emotional harm.
She could have been fined up to RM20,000, jailed for a maximum of 10 years, or both.
LEFT IN ROOM
Lolanopita, who has since remarried and has a son from her second marriage, was accused of deliberately leaving Muhammad Firdaus without reasonable supervision in the same room again on June 26.
Judge Kamarudin said that based on the medical report, the teen - who is mentally challenged and suffers from cerebral palsy - was not physically abused, but had been neglected.
Based on the statement of facts, an immigration team conducting routine checks on illegal immigrants in the area found Muhammad Firdaus in a room in the unit. He was covered in his own faeces.
The teenager, who was unable to talk or walk due to his condition, was a pitiful sight as he could only drag himself across the filthy floor.
The boy weighed less than 15kg when he was found.
Malaysians and well-wishers contributed RM85,885 to a fund set up for Muhammad Firdaus.
The boy has since been discharged from the hospital where he was treated.
The state welfare department has obtained a custodial order from the magistrate's court to care for him.
The order was for a month. It is not known whether the department has found any of his family members or relatives to care for him.
This article was first published on Nov 19, 2014.
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