DAD MULLS LEGAL ACTION AGAINST BABYSITTER
3-month-old daughter suffered injury allegedly while under her care
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.
The 3-month-old baby at Shah Alam Hospital on Wednesday.