Mother charged with murder of two-year-old daughter

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A 33-year-old mother was charged at the Sessions Court in Teluk Intan today with murdering her two-year-old daughter.

Thang Pui Ling nodded in understanding when the charge was read to her before judge, K Rajeswari.

The housewife was accused of murdering Heng Jing Yi at No 202, Lorong 17, Taman Seri Iskandar, Hutan Melintang in Bagan Datuk at 2am on Mac 9.

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The mother of four was charged under Section 302 of the Penal Code for murder, which carries the mandatory death sentence upon conviction.

No plea was recorded.

Deputy public prosecutor Raja Nor Azimah Che Ismail prosecuted while the accused was represented by lawyer Chuah Shyue Chien.

The court set May 9 for mention.

Yesterday, Hilir Perak police chief Assistant Commissioner Ahmad Adnan Basri said the woman had taken her daughter to the hospital at 2.30am claiming the child had breathing difficulties.

“However, a doctor who attended to the toddler confirmed that she had already died. Checks on her body revealed wounds on her nose, chin, earlobe, behind her left ear, and at the back of her head.

“There were also large wounds on the right arm, fingers, as well as tear wounds between her fingers.

“There were also bite marks near her shoulder, scars on the left side of the foot, bruises below the left knee, bruises on the right shoulder, and bruises all over her back,” he said in a statement, adding that the deceased was the third of four siblings.

He said the post-mortem examination was conducted at the Teluk Intan Hospital’s Forensic Unit on March 10 at 2pm and the cause of her death was due to blunt force trauma to the chest.

“Initial investigations suggested that the mother suffered from intense stress as her daughter would not stop crying.

“The mother had just taken her child from the babysitter in June last year, after the child had been under the babysitter’s care since June 2020.

“The toddler might not have felt comfortable with her biological mother causing the latter to abuse her,” he said, adding that her husband works as a fisherman. – NST