A mother convicted of murdering her two-year-old daughter, whose bones were discovered inside a metal pot five years later, has been temporarily let off the hook.
The 32-year-old was given a non-acquittal discharge for her murder charge on Tuesday (March 2).
The woman faces a total of 12 offences, including several counts of child neglect involving four additional children. Her appeal will be heard once more on April 13.
In September 2019, she and her 33-year-old husband were charged with murdering their daughter in a Chin Swee Road flat in March 2014. In 2019, the toddler’s remains were discovered in the pot. They can’t be identified because the children’s names are protected under a gag order.The other four children are the woman’s, according to the Attorney-Chambers General’s (AGC) in a statement released last month.
In the case of the father, the AGC had stated that the murder charge against him would be pursued.
He faces 13 other charges, including child abuse, perverting the course of justice by disposing of and concealing the dead girl’s body, giving false information to a public servant on her whereabouts, and drug consumption.When the girl died, the woman and her husband allegedly burnt her body before concealing the remains inside a metal pot. This was further encased in a sealed box and kept under the kitchen stove in the flat, according to court documents.
The woman is accused of ill-treating the girl as well as two of her other children between 2013 and 2014.Among other things, she allegedly hit them with a belt and a hanger. She is said to have fed her two-year-old daughter and another child chilli padi and garlic as punishment.
The woman is also accused of maligning the girl in March 2014 by failing to give proper medical care to the toddler despite the fact that there was a medical emergency. The nature of the emergency was not revealed in court filings.
From February 8 to 9, 2018, she reportedly mistreated her four remaining children by locking them inside the flat without parental supervision or proper food and water.
She is also accused of lying to a Ministry of Education liaison officer in 2017, as well as two Ministry of Social and Family Development officers the next year.