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Mon, Oct 18, 2010
The New Paper
Maid admits to pinching mentally-disabled girl

By Gan Ling Kai

SHE is a working mum who is away 10 hours a day.

So her three children, including her 17-year-old intellectually-disabled daughter, were left in the care of her Indonesian maid.

On Sept 25, the 52-year-old finance executive, who wanted to be known only as Mrs Ng, was about to take her daughter to the dentist when she noticed bruises on the girl's cheeks and the left side of her chest.

Her daughter, who has an IQ of 65, attends Minds Towner Gardens School, a special school.

Suspecting her maid was responsible for the injuries, Mrs Ng immediately called the police to her home and later took her daughter to Changi General Hospital.

The maid, Miss Fitriyani, 23, is now under investigation for the non-seizable offence of voluntarily causing hurt.

The maid was taken to the police station on Sept 25 for questioning.

She has since been released and is now under the supervision of the maid agency.

When The New Paper met Miss Fitriyani, 23, on Monday, she admitted she had hurt the girl.

Touching her own cheeks, she said in English: "Yes, I pinched both sides."

Miss Fitriyani also apologised to Mrs Ng and explained that she was frustrated because the girl refused to go home after alighting from the school bus.

She said the girl had also soiled herself.

As for the bruise on the girl's chest, Miss Fitriyani claimed she had wanted to help her bathe, but the girl refused to take off her clothes.

"I only tried to move her arms away so that I can (remove her clothes)," gestured Miss Fitriyani.

She claimed she had only brushed her hand lightly against the girl's body.

Mrs Ng said the doctor gave her daughter painkillers and the swelling and bruises diminished a few days later.

She said: "I know it may be a little challenging to take care of my daughter, but how could the maid vent her frustration on (the girl)?

"Right from the beginning, I had indicated to the maid agency and the maid that my daughter is a special child. But instead of getting extra care, she was abused."

Miss Fitriyani had been working with the Ngs since August.

The Ngs have employed more than 10 maids over the past 11 years. Mrs Ng claimed her previous maids had no major problems caring for her daughter.Her other two children are aged 11 and 21.

When asked whether the bruises hurt, Mrs Ng's daughter only smiled sheepishly.

Mrs Ng said she cried in frustration when she first noticed the injuries.

She added: "The worst part is that she is defenceless. She couldn't even communicate properly to me that she was hurt."

She still has to pay the maid's upkeep>>

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