SIBU - A babysitter has been nabbed over suspected child abuse of two boys, one of whom is now relying on an oxygen machine to breathe after suffering bleeding in his brain.
The nine-month-old was admitted to the intensive care unit of a hospital by his parents on Monday.
He suffered internal bleeding, bruises on both eyes and fractures on one side of his head.
The other child, a 17-month-old boy, had broken teeth and bruises on his lower and upper lips.
They were among four boys under the care of the 39-year-old babysitter, who had converted her home into a childcare centre.
Sibu OCPD Asst Comm Stanley Jonathan Ringgit said the babysitter was arrested on Tuesday evening following a report lodged by the parents of the nine-year-old boy.
The parents, who are both teachers, went to the babysitter's place after being informed by her on Monday afternoon that their boy had breathing problems.
"When they got there, they saw their son lying motionless on the bed.
"He was not crying," ACP Stanley said.
The parents, who had earlier sent the boy to the home at 5.45am, then rushed him to the hospital.
ACP Stanley said a preliminary report by a neurosurgical specialist at the hospital showed that the boy had bleeding in the inner part of the brain, as well as bruises on both eyes and fractures on the left side of his head.
"He is in critical condition," he said.
The victim is the third child in the family.
His parents had been sending him to the babysitter since August last year.
In the second case involving the 17-month-old boy, ACP Stanley said the babysitter had called up his mother at 1.20pm on Tuesday, asking her to collect her child on the directive of the police.
He had been under the care of the babysitter since he was three months old.
His 32-year-old mother was shocked when she saw the bruises on his lips.
ACP Stanley said police investigations found that the babysitter had been running the childcare centre without a valid licence.