SINGAPORE – Frustrated over missing the birth of his child, a man punched and slapped his girlfriend’s three-year-old daughter who was entrusted to him.
On Monday, October 25, the 24-year-old pleaded guilty to mistreating the girl, now aged five, and two other counts of causing injury should be considered during his conviction on December 10. He was aware that the girl had a slow mental development.
Not all parties involved in the case can be named to protect the identity of the victim.
The man was romantically involved with the mother of the girl, 23, who was pregnant with her child at the time. He started living with his girlfriend and daughter in February 2019 and took care of the daughter.
On February 22 of last year, at around 3 a.m., the girlfriend went into labor and an ambulance was called to transport her to the hospital.
Since only one person could accompany him, the man had to arrange for someone to guard the victim before he could get to the hospital. He decided to bring the girl to her grandmother.
The man felt frustrated because he was missing the birth of his newborn baby. As the man and girl were on their way to the grandmother’s apartment, the girl started to cry, angering the man even more.
He punched the girl three times on the right cheek and slapped her face, which stopped her screaming.
At around 6 a.m., the 43-year-old grandmother was woken up from her sleep by the man knocking on her door. She accepted the man’s request to take care of the girl and brought her to bed.
A few hours later, she woke up to watch the sleeping girl and found bruises on her face. She also observed other injuries to her body and limbs. She called the victim’s stepfather and her cousin.
When the victim woke up, the grandmother asked her about her injuries and the daughter replied “Daddy, mum”. The woman decided to file a police report.
The girl was taken to hospital, where she was found with bruises on her cheeks, a scar on her chin and other skin lesions.
The victim was then removed from the custody of her mother and the man. She lived with a relative with security measures in place when her mother visited her. At the young girl’s request, it was returned to her mother and the man on June 3 last year, subject to unforeseen home visits by the relevant authorities.
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