Story By: Alex Cope, Sub Editor: Joseph Golder, Agency: Asia Wire Report
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The eight-year-old sister of the toddler whose arm was placed in boiling water by her housekeeper – causing second-degree burns – is “traumatised” by the incident and blames herself for it.
According to local media, the girls’ 40-year-old mother, Amy Low, from the island city-state of Singapore, and her husband left their two daughters, aged eight years and 16 months, with their housekeeper while they went to work.
The father then received a call from the eldest girl telling him that the toddler had been badly burned.
The 16-month-old was taken to hospital where a doctor told Low that she had suffered second-degree burns and that he had “some doubts” about the cause.
Reports said that the Singaporean parents quizzed the 30-year-old maid, who comes from Myanmar, formerly Burma, who told them that the girl had accidentally touched a hot cooking pot before she could stop her.
However, CCTV footage in the kitchen shows the woman repeatedly dunking her daughter’s hand in the boiling pot.
The tot suffered injuries including burn wounds to her left arm, four of her fingers and her left palm.
Her mother has now revealed that her eldest daughter is blaming herself for the incident. She said: “I usually tell my eldest daughter to look after her younger sister and not to take a bath when the maid is cooking. She is now traumatised by the incident and blames herself for her sister’s injuries.
“Whenever we bring up the incident, she would cover her eyes and say, ‘don’t talk about it anymore.'”
When the parents quizzed the housekeeper, they found out that her friends had told her to hurt the girl so she could be allowed to go home to Myanmar, according to reports.
Local media said the maid has been arrested and police have confirmed the investigation is ongoing. It is unclear if the maid has been charged.
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