Nine-year-old boy dangled out of window! Aunt sentenced to 10 month's jail!

Nine-year-old boy dangled out of window! Aunt sentenced to 10 month's jail!

SG Gazette·2018-01-23 12:00

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He had no one else but his aunt after both his parents were sent to prison. He was supposed to be safe in her care of his aunt after she took him in. 

Unfortunately, a nine-year-old boy only managed to suffer abuse at the hands of his new guardian, where he suffered burns, hits from household items and getting dangled out of a third-floor window like a toy. 

The 39-year-old woman was sentenced to 10 months’ jail yesterday (22 Jan) for child abuse. She cannot be named to protect the identity of the boy.

She had abused him in a variety of ways, including hitting in the head twice with an extendable pole hanger, hitting his elbow and leg with a pestle, burning his arms four times with a heated gas lighter, and hitting his head once with a back scratcher.

As if that was not horrific enough, a charge of criminal intimidation was also considered during sentencing - she had dangled him out of the kitchen window on the third floor by his legs, while he clung to a bamboo pole in fear she would drop him.

He had ran away from home because he wanted to get away from the constant abuse. However, his aunt found him and dragged him home. 

He was made to squat on the floor when she made threats to toss him out of the window, which she later did, dangling him by his legs out of the kitchen window. 

She had also hit him and used a lighter to burn him. 

The boy had seen his aunt inhaling fumes from a burnt white substance when most of the abuse happened. 

The Child Protection Service was informed when a teacher noticed his multiple injuries, including bruises. 

His aunt's lawyer, Wayne Ong, pleaded for leniency, saying that the accused had taken the boy in despite financial circumstances - she has five children and two stepchildren. She was also sent to drug rehabilitation on 9 Feb 2017 and due to be released next month. 

However, District Judge Lim Keng Yeow emphasised the importance of safeguarding vulnerable children, especially against those who are responsible for taking care of them. Such acts of abuse would not be tolerated or sentenced with leniency. 

Her sentence was backdated to 22 Sep 2017. The boy is now in an orphanage.

It might have been kinder for her not to have taken him in right from the beginning. 

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