SINGAPORE - A former part-time teacher with NTUC My First Skool childcare centre was sentenced to three weeks in jail on Thursday for manhandling a two-year-old boy.
A video of the abuse, taken from CCTV recordings at the centre in Toa Payoh Central, created widespread outrage after it was posted online last year.
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Siti Hadijah Mohamed Sin, 52, had grabbed the boy's upper arms and heaved him backwards onto the floor twice. The child suffered a fracture in his left shin.
She pleaded guilty to ill-treating the boy on July 5 last year.
The court heard that Siti Hadijah, who was later sacked, was in charge of a group of 10 children, including the victim. Most of the group had already gathered and were seated for the activity but the boy continued to run around the classroom. Around 9.55am that day, she held the boy by his arm and pulled him to the corner of the classroom. She had to carry the boy to join the group, after he had difficulties standing up.
He was later referred to hospital and was diagnosed with a toddler's fracture, which happens when a twisting force is applied to the lower leg, according to a medical report.
In mitigation, defence counsel Satwant Singh said his client had been stressed and frustrated at the time. The child in this case was hyperactive with a short attention span, he added.
For ill-treating the boy, Siti Hadijah could have been jailed for up to four years and fined up to $4,000.
On July 2 last year - just three days before Siti Hadijah's offence, a primary school teacher forcibly pulled an 11-year-old student with behavioural issues out of class for not following instructions. The teacher, 36, was last week ordered to do 60 hours of community service.