Teen mum: I have not abandoned my daughter
KULAI: The mother of an abused 2-year-old boy, who died on Jan 3, has denied abandoning her 14month-old daughter.
G. Vithya, 17, said for her daughter Maha Laxmi’s future, she had sought help from a family’s friend to temporarily take care of the child.
She said she was unable to take care of her daughter as she worked as a part-time assistant at a restaurant here.
“My 55-year-old mother, who stays with me, cannot take care of Maha Laxmi because she suffers from depression.
“I have to be the breadwinner of the family. My husband has been in prison since December,” she said at her house here.
Vithya said she found it hard to believe that certain individuals could accuse her of “selling” Maha Laxmi to a family friend.
She said she was surprised that her parents-in-law took to the media without her consent, claiming to be concerned about Maha Laxmi’s safety and believing that she was being neglected.
“I had lodged a police report on Jan 29 denying the allegations against me. I have given my best to my daughter, including registering her birth at the National Registration Department.
“I hope the irresponsible individuals will stop making the accusations.”
Vithya said she would try her best to change her family’s fate.
She said it was difficult to get a stable job and she had worked in various places.
She said it cost RM300 for Maha Laxmi’s expenses every month and she had to support her mother.
“I have not neglected my daughter. I visit her often and spend time with her.
“I cannot wait to bring her back home after my life is stable.”
On Jan 3, it was reported that 2-year-old Paul Ebineshen was sent to Temenggong Seri Maharaja Tun Ibrahim Hospital here by his mother at 7.30pm.
It was reported that the boy died before the hospital staff called the police, suspecting that the victim was abused.