DAD MULLS LE­GAL AC­TION AGAINST BABYSIT­TER

3-month-old daugh­ter suf­fered in­jury al­legedly while un­der her care

New Straits Times - - NEWS / NATION - NORZAMIRA CHE NOH SHAH ALAM cnews@nstp.com.my

AFATHER is con­tem­plat­ing le­gal ac­tion af­ter his 3-month-old baby suf­fered a bro­ken left thigh bone al­legedly while un­der the su­per­vi­sion of her babysit­ter.

The 29-year-old man said a po­lice re­port had been made but in­ves­ti­ga­tion had been put on hold as the babysit­ter had left for her home­town to cel­e­brate Hari Raya Aidil­fitri.

“The hospi­tal is also in the process of de­ter­min­ing what caused my daugh­ter’s in­jury.

“Af­ter the in­ves­ti­ga­tion and medical re­port (are com­pleted), I will hire a lawyer to take ac­tion against the babysit­ter.

“I am wait­ing for a pae­di­atric or­thopaedic spe­cial­ist from Ser­dang Hospi­tal to check on my baby,” he said yes­ter­day.

The fa­ther, who works as an as­sis­tant medical of­fi­cer at a hospi­tal, re­alised some­thing was not right with his in­fant when he picked her up from the babysit­ter.

“I no­ticed her leg looked bro­ken when I picked her up and asked the babysit­ter what hap­pened.

“The babysit­ter de­nied the pos­si­bil­ity of (the baby) hav­ing fallen down.

“She told me noth­ing hap­pened while my daugh­ter was un­der her care.”

He said what hap­pened to his daugh­ter should be made known so par­ents and babysit­ters are more alert to child safety and to un­der­stand the risks in­volved every time a child is sent to a babysit­ter.

He hoped there would be new reg­u­la­tions drawn up by the Wel­fare Depart­ment on child­care cen­tres, such as in­stalling closed­cir­cuit tele­vi­sion cam­eras and en­sur­ing that only ac­cred­ited babysit­ters were hired.

He said there should be sched­uled checks, apart from en­force­ment.

His daugh­ter had been with the babysit­ter for only two weeks.

The child is re­ceiv­ing treat­ment at Shah Alam Hospi­tal.

Shah Alam district po­lice chief As­sis­tant Com­mis­sioner Ba­harudin Mat Taib con­firmed re­ceiv­ing the fa­ther’s re­port on Wed­nes­day.

MUHAMMAD SU­LAIMAN PIC BY

The 3-month-old baby at Shah Alam Hospi­tal on Wed­nes­day.

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