Grange Road, Singapore Photo: Google Map
Grange Road, Singapore Photo: Google Map

A 46-year-old Filipino domestic worker was sentenced to jail for eight weeks on Friday after she was found guilty in a Singapore court on two counts of ill-treatment of a child.

At 9:15pm on October 19, 2016, Melody Garcia Narciso, who was working in an apartment on Grange Road, put a handkerchief over her employer’s 10-month-old baby girl and shook her head roughly up and down with her right hand as the baby would not fall asleep, The Straits Times reported on Saturday, citing the court’s verdict.

In the afternoon on the same day, Narciso was also seen in closed-circuit-television footage was pushing and hitting the child’s head. Her employer called the police, who arrested the maid.

The maid had previously pleaded guilty in court on two counts of the charge of ill-treatment of a child and pleaded for leniency as she regretted her wrongdoing, which was a result of poor sleep caused by coughing the day before the incident, Shin Min Daily News reported.

The judge sent Narciso for an eight-week jail term, but backdated her sentence to March 10 when she was remanded. The maximum penalty for the charge of ill-treatment of child is a fine of S$4,000 (US$2,842) or four-year imprisonment in Singapore.