Woman let her boyfriend bathe with daugh­ter, 13

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As a mother, she was sup­posed to pro­tect her daugh­ter. But the 39-year-old woman was taken to court yes­ter­day for al­legedly al­low­ing the girl to be sex­u­ally abused by her boyfriend.

The woman, who can­not be named to pro­tect the girl’s iden­tity, was charged with know­ingly per­mit­ting the child to be ill-treated.

Ac­cord­ing to court doc­u­ments, she is said to have al­lowed her boyfriend to shower with her daugh­ter, who was 13 years old then, in a Cle­menti flat some time be­tween Jan­uary and June 2016.

This case made head­lines in Fe­bru­ary when the 47-year-old job­less man was sen­tenced to 34 years’ jail and the max­i­mum 24 strokes of the cane af­ter he pleaded guilty to four charges of statu­tory rape.

An­other 17 charges – of statu­tory rape, mo­lesta­tion, com­mit­ting an in­de­cent act and sex­ual pen­e­tra­tion of a mi­nor – were taken into con­sid­er­a­tion.

DAILY ABUSE

The Straits Times ear­lier re­ported that the girl had called the man “shushu”, or un­cle, and had suf­fered al­most daily sex­ual abuse from him for seven years.

She be­came so con­di­tioned by his abuse that she would au­to­mat­i­cally take off her clothes when he sum­moned her. She de­cided she could no longer en­dure the abuse when she was 13 and the po­lice were alerted.

Ac­cord­ing to ear­lier re­ports, the girl is now 15 years old and liv­ing with her ma­ter­nal grand­mother.

Her mother told the court yes­ter­day that she in­tends to plead guilty to her charge. She was of­fered bail of $5,000 and will be back in court on Nov 27.

If con­victed of know­ingly per­mit­ting the girl to be ill­treated, the mother can be jailed for up to four years and fined up to $4,000. – SHAF­FIQ ALKHATIB

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