Woman charged with murder of son, 5

A 24-year-old woman was yesterday charged with the murder of her five-year-old son.
A 24-year-old woman was yesterday charged with the murder of her five-year-old son.PHOTO: ST GRAPHICS

A 24-year-old woman was yesterday charged with the murder of her five-year-old son.

No plea was taken from Azlin Arujunah, who allegedly committed the offence with her 24-year-old husband Ridzuan Mega Abdul Rahman at a flat in Lorong 1, Toa Payoh, between Oct 17 and 22.

The prosecution applied for her to be remanded at Central Police Division for investigation. She will be back in court on Nov 3.

On Monday, Ridzuan was hauled to court for allegedly causing grievous hurt to the child - Muhammad Wan Hanaffi Ridzuan - by splashing hot water on him several times between noon and 8.48pm last Saturday. The boy died in KK Women's and Children's Hospital the next day. The cause of his death is unknown.

Ridzuan, who is in remand, is scheduled to appear in court on Monday.

The New Paper reported that the boy has three siblings, and his family moved into their rental flat about two years ago.

According to the Ministry of Social and Family Development, the three siblings have been placed in foster care temporarily by the Child Protective Service.

If convicted of murder, Azlin faces the death penalty.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 28, 2016, with the headline 'Woman charged with murder of son, 5'. Print Edition | Subscribe