Baby dropped as mum and gran trade blows

Baby dropped as mum and gran trade blows
Kelly (left) accidentally dropped the toddler while fighting with her mother. He was taken to hospital and discharged after two hours of observation.

SINGAPORE - An argument between a woman and her mother over money on Wednesday escalated into a scuffle - and a toddler ended up being dropped onto the floor.

Kelly (not her real name) said her year-old son slipped from her grasp during the scuffle.

He hit his head and was taken by ambulance to KK Women's and Children's Hospital. He was in the observation ward for about two hours before he was discharged.

Kelly, 28, said: "I wanted to protect my son from my mother. I don't trust her to take care of him."

She was released from prison in February after having served eight months of a 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 the tag is removed next month, she can leave the flat only between noon and 3pm each day.

Kelly, whose husband is in jail for loan shark-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 her mother still physically and verbally abuses her three to four times a week.

"But I'm older now, so I have learnt to fight back," said 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.

Kelly said she had just woken up on Wednesday morning when her mother confronted her about being a spendthrift.

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