KUALA LUMPUR - An unemployed woman cried in a magistrate's court while waiting to be charged for neglecting her seven-month old son.
Kaw Mei Yen, 35, who was clad in orange lock-up jumpsuit, sobbed while seated on a chair near the dock, waiting for her criminal charges.
She kept turning her head to see her family members seated in public gallery. Her elder sister rushed to give her tissues which she used to wipe her tears.
Later Kaw pleaded not guilty to neglecting her seven-month son Cheah Kai Wen, whom under her care, which resulted in his death.
She was said to have committed the offence at their apartment unit in Taman Sri Sinar in Kepong between July 26 and Sept 19.
If convicted, Kaw could be fined a maximum of RM20,000 (S$6,600) or jailed up to 10 years or both under Section 31 (1) (a) of the Child Act 2001.
Kaw, who was handcuffed, also claimed trial to the self administration of amphetamine at the Narcotics Criminal Investigations Division's office in Sentul during a urine test on Sept 28.
If found guilty, Kaw could be fined a maximum RM5,000 or jailed up to two years under Section 15 (1) (a) of the Dangerous Drugs Act 1952.
Nurul Fatehah Ismail from the Kepong police station, had lodged the complaint over the matter on Sept 26.
Kaw, who was remanded for eight days, shook her head when a court interpreter asked for her plea to the charges.
DPP Ahmad Zikri Jaafar asked the court to deny bail saying that the offence under the Child Act was non-bailable.
Kaw's elder sister appeared in court and applied for her release saying her sister has two other children to take care of.
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Magistrate Husna Dzulkifly allowed RM20,000 bail in one surety for the charge over neglect of Kaw's son and another RM5,000 bail for the drug offence.
She also ordered Kaw to report to the nearest police station once per month until disposal of the case and ordered her to surrender her travel documents to the court.
Husna fixed Nov 15 for mention.
Meanwhile, one of Kaw's family members also reminded the photographers to be respectful and not to take their pictures.
It was reported by the media that a three-year-old child and her seven-month-old brother were found dead and stuffed into plastic containers. Their father was also found dead at their apartment unit.
Cheah Kai Sze and her younger brother Kai Wen were found stuffed into separate plastic containers, which were then wrapped in large plastic bags in a room at the Nova 2 apartment. Their father Cheah Hing Soon, 34, was found sprawled in the master bedroom.
The dead children's two elder brother's, aged six and eight, were said to have told the police that their father was abusive.