A 24-year-old Indonesian worker was arrested for suspected child abuse on Sunday after parents came across an online video that had gone viral over a month, allegedly showing the worker throwing their five-year-old son to the ground in Punggol, Singapore.
The video of the incident, which was uploaded to Facebook last month, showed the worker allegedly swinging and dropping the boy on the ground at Edgefield Plains near HDB Block 673C at around 10am on March 12, Lianhe Wanbao (Singapore) reported.
The 35-year-old mother learned from her son on the same day that he was thrown on the ground by the worker, and that he suffered pain and sustained scratches on his front and back.
But, given that the Indonesian, who had been working for the family for five months, kept insisting that she did not hurt her son, and the injuries were assumed to stem from the child rolling on the field, the mother did not confront her further.
More than a month later, at 1am on April 14, the 31-year-old father was casually browsing on Facebook – and shocked to come across the viral video of suspected child abuse, in which he recognized his worker and son.
After asking the video uploader, the father confirmed that it was definitely their domestic worker.
The couple reported the case in the afternoon, and the worker reportedly denied the act until police arrested her and showed her the video evidence.
The mother told the media they did not wish to hire another domestic helper because they fear their nine-year-old daughter and five-year-old son could be abused again in the future.
The worker was detained by police to assist their investigation, but it was believed she had not apologized to the family in regard to the incident.