At a Malaysian Sessions Court on Friday, a 37-year-old Indonesian carer pleaded not guilty to one count of abusing a four-year-old girl at a nursery in Cheras, a district of Kuala Lumpur, in October last year.
On February 15, 2019, the defendant Suriawati Sunarto made her plea after the charge was read before Judge Edwin MM Edwin Paramjothy, The Malay Mail reported.
The court learned that the accused deliberately hurt the toddler, leaving bruises on her left arm at a nursery in Cheras on October 26, 2018.
Upon conviction of Section 31 (1) (a) of the Child Act 2001, offenders shall face a fine up to 50,000 ringgit (US$12,283), or imprisonment of up to 20 years, or both.
The defendant, who had been ordered to submit her passport to the court, was released on bail at 10,000 ringgit (US$2,456) with two Malaysian sureties.
The case is scheduled to reconvene on March 18.