Nine-month-old boy al­legedly abused by babysit­ter dies

The Borneo Post - - FRONT PAGE - By Peter Boon re­[email protected]­bor­neo­

SIBU: The nine-month- old baby boy who was al­legedly abused by his babysit­ter at a house in Jalan Per­mai here, passed away at Sibu Hos­pi­tal yes­ter­day.

Aariz Har­raz Zahin Az­man was taken off life sup­port at 11.30am and breathed his last at 11.55am.

As­sis­tant Min­is­ter of Hous­ing and Pub­lic Health Dr An­nuar Ra­paee, who was with the fam­ily to con­sole them, said the baby’s par­ents had agreed for the life sup­port to be re­moved.

“It is in­deed very tragic be­cause it has been al­leged that the baby had been abused with se­vere brain in­jury. The doc­tors had di­ag­nosed the baby as be­ing brain dead and there was no chance of sur­vival.

“I was told that there will be a post-mortem to be car­ried out,” he told The Bor­neo Post and Utu­san Bor­neo when met at MUC hall here yes­ter­day.

Dr An­nuar, who is also As­sis­tant Min­is­ter of Ed­u­ca­tion and Tech­no­log­i­cal Re­search, said this was a painful les­son for the vic­tim’s par­ents as well as for the com­mu­nity here as a whole.

“I hope par­ents when send­ing their chil­dren to any home-run babysit­ter or nanny to be care­ful and keep an eye on their chil­dren as well as the place be­sides en­sur­ing its op­er­a­tions are car­ried out safely (sic).

“It is a very sad day for the fam­ily and Sibu com­mu­nity to hear that a nine-month- old baby has died be­cause of al­leged abuse. We don’t want such tragic in­ci­dent to re­cur,” added the Nangka assem­bly­man.

Mean­while, Sibu po­lice chief ACP Stan­ley Jonathan Ring­git said fol­low­ing the baby’s pass­ing, the case has been re­clas­si­fied as mur­der.

He said po­lice are now in­ves­ti­gat­ing the case un­der Sec­tion 302 of the Pe­nal Code for mur­der in­stead of the pre­vi­ous clas­si­fi­ca­tion un­der Sec­tion 31(1)(a) of the Child Act 2001.

He added that the 39-year- old sus­pect, who was re­manded for four days last Wed­nes­day, will be re­manded fur­ther un­til Jan 17.

The body of baby Aariz be­ing taken to Sibu Hos­pi­tal mor­tury. — Ber­nama photo

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