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This is the moment a housekeeper places a toddler’s arm in boiling water – causing second-degree burns – because she wanted to be allowed to go back home.
According to local media, the tot’s 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, despite telling the housekeeper that they trusted her and did not blame her, the parents were stunned when the maid packed her bags and insisted on returning to her employment agency, according to local media.
Reports said that the woman’s agency agreed to take her back and return the money the family paid to cover the housekeeper’s loan.
Also known as a placement fee, the loan covers the pre-employment expenses the maid owes to the agency during the first months of employment and is typically deducted from the first salary payments.
Suspecting something was amiss, Low played back the CCTV footage in her kitchen and was shocked to see the woman repeatedly dunking her daughter’s hand in the boiling pot.
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 as the investigation continues.
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