SINGAPORE: A woman is accused of ill-treating four of her children by splashing hot water on them, leaving scald burns on their bodies.
The 33-year-old woman, who cannot be named due to gag orders protecting the children’s identities, was handed four charges on Tuesday (Aug 1) of ill-treating children in her care.
According to the charge sheets, all the alleged offences occurred between 6am and about 9.30am on Jul 2 last year at a flat in Tampines.
She allegedly splashed hot water on her daughters aged eight, 10 and 11, as well as on her nine-year-old son.
The children suffered “superficial partial thickness” burns over their hands, chest, thighs or arms ranging from 1 per cent of their total body surface area to 10 per cent.
The child who suffered the worst burns, according to charge sheets, was the 10-year-old girl.
She was scalded on her left arm, abdomen and both thighs.
The prosecutor asked for bail of S$15,000 (US$11,200) to be offered to the accused, and for the woman not to contact the victims.
The children are now housed at a shelter, the court heard. The accused said she lived alone with her children and is divorced.
She is set to return to court later this month.
If convicted of ill-treating a child in her care under the Children and Young Persons Act, the accused could be jailed for up to eight years, fined up to S$8,000, or both.