SINGAPORE: A 40-year-old woman faces allegations of repeatedly striking a one-year-old girl under her care at a preschool, leading to the child experiencing linear ecchymosis on her right cheek, characterized by bleeding beneath the skin.
The individual, whose identity is protected by court-issued gag orders safeguarding the victim’s anonymity, was charged under the Children and Young Persons Act on 8 December with one count of ill-treatment.
Reportedly, she struck the girl’s face several times on the afternoon of 15 March this year at an unidentified preschool.
Appearing in court without legal representation and wearing a mask, the woman informed the judge of her readiness to plead guilty. She stated that she would not be seeking counsel. Her next court appearance is scheduled for 17 January.
Individuals found guilty of mistreating a child or young person under their care may face a maximum sentence of eight years in jail, a fine of up to S$8,000, or both.
On 31 August, the Early Childhood Development Agency (ECDA) announced that all preschools and government-funded early intervention centres will be required to have closed-circuit television cameras (CCTV) in place by July 2024.
The announcement arrives while investigations continue into the reported mistreatment of several children enrolled in Kinderland centres, specifically at the Woodlands and Sunshine Place branches in Choa Chu Kang.
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