SINGAPORE - An argument between a woman and her mother over money yesterday escalated into a scuffle - and a toddler ended up being dropped onto the floor.
Madam Kelly (not her real name) said her year-old son had slipped from her grasp during the scuffle.
He hit his head and was taken by ambulance to KK Women's and Children's Hospital (KKH). He was in the observation ward for about two hours before he was discharged.
Madam Kelly, 28, told The New Paper: "I wanted to protect my son from my mother. I don't trust her with him."
Madam Kelly was released from prison in February after serving eight months of her 17-month sentence for fraud. She was sentenced in June last year.
She is now under home detention at her parents' three-room flat in Hougang and has an electronic tag around her ankle.
Until it is removed next month, she can leave the flat only between noon and 3pm every day.
Madam Kelly, whose husband is in jail for loanshark-related offences, accused her mother, Madam Tan, 48, of being an abusive parent.
She said: "I remember when I was about five years old, my mother pinched me along my arm until it was blue and black. She also tried to smother me with a pillow."
She claimed that even now, her mother would physically and verbally abuse her three to four times a week.
"But I'm older now, so I have learnt to fight back," said Madam Kelly, who did not report the abuse to the police.
Madam Tan denied that she had abused her daughter and claimed the latter had always been rebellious.
Madam Kelly said she had just woken up yesterday morning when her mother confronted her about being a spendthrift.
Madam Kelly, who used to be a membership consultant for a fitness centre, said she could no longer work because of the home detention and relied on her 53-year-old father, who works in construction, for money.