Maid who bit 6-month-old baby twice jailed 10 weeks
A foreign domestic worker who bit a six-month-old baby twice last December was jailed for 10 weeks at the State Courts on Tuesday (22 May).
Myanmar national Mya Pwint Phyu, 24, had pleaded guilty to a single charge of ill-treating the baby boy.
Mya Pwint Phyu was cleaning her employer’s bedroom toilet at about 9am on 28 December when she heard her employer’s baby crying.
She tried to pacify the child but was unable to do so. She then bit him on the right cheek to make him stop crying, which also did not work. Mya Pwint Phyu then bit his right ear lobe, which caused him to cry even louder.
The infant’s parents were away at work but the baby’s grandfather, who visited the couple’s condominium unit in Lakeside later that day, found bite marks and bruises on his face. He asked Mya Pwint Phyu about the marks and she replied that she had bitten the baby.
A police report was then made and the child was taken to the hospital. Bruises and marks stretching 2cm wide were found on its face and shoulder as well.
The prosecution asked for at least eight weeks’ jail term for Mya Pwint Phyu, who was unrepresented. She had earlier submitted a written mitigation.
Speaking through an interpreter in court, Mya Pwint Phyu cried as she told the court she just wanted “to go back home” as soon as possible.
In passing her sentence, District Judge Hamidah Ibrahim said that hurting a baby is not the way to keep it quiet. “We do not treat babies this way,” she added.
For ill-treating a child, Mya Pwint Phyu could have been jailed up to four years, fined up to $4,000, or both.