Maid jailed 9 months for abus­ing baby boy

She filmed video clips of her­self hit­ting em­ployer’s son and sent them to her lover af­ter ar­gu­ment

The Straits Times - - HOME - Shaf­fiq Alkhatib

Un­happy with her boyfriend af­ter a heated ar­gu­ment, a Filipino maid phys­i­cally abused her em­ployer’s one-year-old son.

She recorded the acts with her mo­bile phone and sent the video clips to her lover to show him what she was ca­pa­ble of when an­gered. The clips showed Les­lie Ann Bel­monte Dieza smoth­er­ing the baby with a pil­low, pulling his hair and us­ing the broad side of a kitchen knife to hit his but­tocks re­peat­edly.

Dieza, 36, was jailed for nine months yes­ter­day af­ter plead­ing guilty to two counts of ill-treat­ing a child.

She is mar­ried to a 36-year-old Filipino who works in Sin­ga­pore as a lo­gis­tics co­or­di­na­tor.

But the court heard that she and her hus­band have a strained re­la­tion­ship as she had an ex­tra­mar­i­tal af­fair with an­other man known only as Ray­mond.

Dieza, who came to Sin­ga­pore to work as a maid in 2016, had been em­ployed by an Aus­tralian fam­ily for about 16 months be­fore she com­mit­ted the of­fences in their Thom­son Road con­do­minium apart­ment.

On April 11 this year, Dieza was in a bed­room with the boy when she re­ceived a call from Ray­mond and they had a heated ar­gu­ment over fi­nances. She then de­cided to record videos of her­self abus­ing the boy, said As­sis­tant Pub­lic Prose­cu­tor Dil­lon Kok.

“The ac­cused pressed the face of the vic­tim onto a mat­tress, used a pil­low to smother the vic­tim, shook the vic­tim while hold­ing onto a pil­low around his head, pulled the hair on the back of the vic­tim’s head... lifted the vic­tim by his hair and threw his head against a pil­low. Through­out his or­deal, the vic­tim was scream­ing and cry­ing in pain,” he added.

The clip was one minute and 34 sec­onds long, said APP Kok.

Later that af­ter­noon, Dieza recorded a 35-sec­ond video of her­self hit­ting the child’s but­tocks with the broad side of a kitchen knife. She sent both clips to Ray­mond via Face­book Mes­sen­ger.

When he saw the clips, he asked his sis­ter to con­tact Dieza’s hus­band, who watched the videos in the even­ing. Dieza’s hus­band met her near the con­do­minium but she walked away af­ter an ar­gu­ment.

He made a po­lice re­port that night and she was ar­rested.

The boy was taken to KK Women’s and Chil­dren’s Hospi­tal where he was found with a 1cm abra­sion on his left heel.

Fur­ther check-ups did not re­veal any other in­juries and he was dis­charged the next day. For each count of ill-treat­ing a child, Dieza could have been jailed for up to four years and fined up to $4,000.

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