Singapore boy gets beaten up and dangled out of window by aunt
A 9-year-old Singapore boy gets beaten up and dangled out of the window after he was placed in his aunt's care...
A 9-year-old Singapore boy gets beaten up and dangled out of the window after he was placed in his aunt's care.
According to The Straits Times, the boy was entrusted in the care of his aunt after his parents were sent to prison. Far from being taken care of, he ended up as a victim of horrific abuse.
Apparently, not only was he hit repeatedly with household items, and burned, on one occasion he even got dangled out of the third-floor window.
The long list of abuse includes being hit on the head more than once with an extendable pole hanger and a back scratcher, and on the elbow and leg with a pestle. His arms were burned multiple times with the hot end of a modified gas lighter.
Once, the child was so afraid of being hit, he ran away. He was soon caught by his aunt though. She made him squat on the floor, picked him by his legs and dangled him out of the window. The poor kid held on to a bamboo pole fearing for his life.
The abuse finally came to light after a teacher noticed the child's injuries. She informed The Child Protection Service.
The child was treated for multiple injuries and bruises.
On Monday, Jan 22, the aunt was jailed for 10 months.
According to The Straits Times, District Judge Lim Keng Yeow said: "Acts of abuse against vulnerable children, especially when carried out by someone responsible for safeguarding their well-being, will always be regarded as particularly reprehensible and deserving of the full force of the law."
The boy has now been placed in an orphanage.
We feel sad for the poor child who has endured so much suffering in his childhood.
Parents, here are some helplines in Singapore in case you know of any victims of child abuse and need help:
- Child Protection and Welfare Services (MSF): For reporting of child abuse – 1800-777 0000
- Samaritans of Singapore (SOS): Provides emotional support to those who are in despair or distressed – 1800-221-4444
- Youthline : Champions youth causes – 6336-3434
- Teen Challenge: Provides faith-based and community-based programmes and services – 1800-829-2222
- Touchline: Provides counselling to troubled teens and youth 1800-377-2252
- eCounselling Centre (eC2): An online facility offering free counselling to youth – 6787 1125
- MeToYou Cyber Care: A cyber wellness programme for youth aged 12-18 years old – 6274 6904 / 9173 1766
- Tinkle Friend: For primary school students, especially children who are alone at home, who need someone to chat with or discuss problems with – 1800-2744 788
(Source: The Straits Times)