Ill-treated three-year-old child taken back to hometown in Perlis

BUTTERWORTH - A factory worker whose three-year-old son was allegedly tied up by a babysitter is scarred over the incident and has taken the child back to her hometown in Perlis.

The 38-year-old production operator said she was angry, sad and felt like she could not trust anyone.

"She is a mother herself with an 11-year-old son. How could she do this to a small child?

"I could not believe what I saw when I decided to do the surprise check," she said when contacted.

The woman, who lives in the Taman Seri Pinang flats near here, was not home yesterday as she had taken her son back to her hometown in Perlis.

She had made a surprise check at the babysitter's flat, which is three stories above her unit, at 10am on Tuesday some five hours after dropping her son there and had found him lying on the floor with his hands tied behind his back with a belt and his legs bound with a string.

The woman said she had checked on the babysitter as her son had told her he was hungry the past few days, adding that the child also looked fatigued whenever she picked him up after work.

"The babysitter was not even home when I dropped by and her door was unlocked.

"I went inside only to see my son bound on the floor and left under the care of her young son.

The woman's neighbour, Mohd Fitri Omar, 47, said it was shocking that someone could be so cruel to a child.

"As a father, I understand how parents would feel when they see their children being ill-treated." He added that he has known the three-year-old boy since he was a baby.

The case has been classified under Section 31 of the Child Act for ill-treatment, neglect, abandonment or exposure of children.

It carries a maximum 10-year jail term or a fine not exceeding RM20,000 (S$7787) or both.