Singaporean boy, 5, dies after father repeatedly scalds him with hot water

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A young Singaporean boy dies after facing abuse from his father. The line between discipline and abuse should never be crossed. Here are some things you can do to ensure you never subject your child to abuse.

The abuse

As reported by The New Paper (TNP), a 24-year-old father allegedly caused the death of his 5-year-old son by repeatedly throwing and splashing hot water on him.

The incident took place on Saturday (22 Oct) at their home in Toa Payoh. It is said that the abuse took place over the course of the day, from the afternoon to just before 9pm at night.

How were the police notified?

The child died the next day at KK Women and Children’s Hospital. It is thanks to the hospital that the case was brought to the attention of the police.

The hospital made the call after the child was admitted and they felt that the injuries he suffered looked like they were caused intentionally.

The verdict

While we know that the case has been classified as an unnatural death, police are not allowed to comment further as the case is scheduled for mention on the 31st of October.

The boy is said to have 3 other siblings, the oldest of schooling age and the youngest still in a pram – as per information given by the victim’s neighbours to TNP.

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