Teen mum: I have not aban­doned my daugh­ter

New Straits Times - - NEWS / CRIME & COURTS -

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.

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