Friday, February 26, 2010

Dad jailed for 3 months for slapping, hitting 1-year-old son (Singapore)

UNNAMED DAD has been jailed for 3 months for slapping and hitting his 1-year-old son.

Feb 23, 2010
Dad jailed for hitting son
By Elena Chong, Courts Correspondent

A MAN who slapped his year-old son and hit him on the right arm was jailed three months on Tuesday for child abuse.

The 36-year-old former packer, who cannot be named, had earlier admitted to ill-treating the boy at his home on Feb 18 last year.

The court heard that the accused's wife was trying to put the baby to bed but he refused, continuing to play and jump on the bed.

The accused, who had taken two cans of beer, tried to quieten the toddler but he continued to make a lot of noise and started crying. The father then picked up the boy and carried him to the next room, locked the door and hit him.

After several minutes, he opened the bedroom door and his wife found redness on the victim's cheeks, right hand and left eye.

The next day, she took him to a polyclinic which subsequently referred him for further examination at KK Women's and Children's Hospital in view of the serious injuries.

Deputy Public Prosecutor Toh Puay San urged Community Court Judge Ng Peng Hong to impose a jail sentence as the courts had taken a serious view of such offences on vulnerable children.

The accused could have been fined up to $4,000 and/or jailed for up to four years for the offence