Toddler abuse claims by mum being probed

Toddler abuse claims by mum being probed
PHOTO: Jacinta Pang's Facebook page

The Early Childhood Development Agency (ECDA) is investigating a parent's claims that her 21-month-old son was injured after being ill-treated by a teacher at Raffles Early Learning Centre.

Jacinta Pang posted on Facebook yesterday that the toddler "often came home with lots of bruises on his leg and there was once he even came home with a cut on his penis".

Ms Pang, whose son started going to the Telok Blangah centre in April, also said there had been a "deep cut" on his head.

The centre's director James Wong, who has met Ms Pang, did not comment on the allegations to The Straits Times.

She wrote on Facebook: "I was very disturbed with what had happened and started asking my son if someone in the school had beaten him and I start naming the teacher(s) to him.

"He said no to all the teachers except one of them where he kept quiet and he even (hid) under the blanket."

Ms Pang asked Mr Wong to conduct investigations last month, but there was no follow up. Several weeks later, on Monday, the centre contacted her to say her son had fallen and hit his head, resulting in a cut.

An ECDA spokesman said it is currently investigating the matter.

"The safety and well-being of our children are of primary importance to ECDA," he added.

Ms Pang added that her son's injuries and possible ill-treatment at the hands of a teacher had scared her, although she had also heard good reviews of the centre's teachers from friends with older children there.

"I felt so sad that I (allowed) my son to stay in the school despite signs that he had been mishandled!" she wrote in her Facebook post. "I have stopped him from going to school and will be withdrawing him from school. I hope all parents with young children will take my experience as a learning lesson."

Mr Wong confirmed that Ms Pang had met him two weeks ago, saying: "I know about the case, the accidents and so on."

He did not want to comment on his centre's safety or educator selection policy, and did not want to specifically address Ms Pang's allegations.

"I am not here to comment on whether this parent is right or wrong, she should be coming to us instead of writing on Facebook," he said. "Right now we want the child to have a quick recovery from his fall. I only wish the child can recover and move on with his education."

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