Woman throws away bag containing more than $10,000 accidentally

SINGAPORE- A woman's frustration with her six-year-old daughter cost her more than $10,000, when she mistakenly threw out a bag containing the money.

Ms Li Xin Hua, 35, a Chinese national, was angry with her daughter for watching television past bedtime. She started to hit her daughter after the girl ignored her repeated pleas to stop, evening daily Lianhe Wanbao reported on Thursday.

Her daughter then ran out of house with Ms Li in pursuit. Ms Li threw a bag of items at her daughter, without realising that the bag contained money amounting to 47,000 yuan (S$10,200).

The bag sailed over the 13th floor parapet at Block 28, New Upper Changi Road. When she realised what she had accidentally thrown away, she went to look for it. The money, meant for her daughter's education and their living expenses, was already missing.

A neighbour on the second floor of the block told Wanbao that she saw a man in his 20s, and about 1.7m tall, picking the bag up.

The incident happened on April 19, and Ms Li had made a police report. The police confirmed that they had received a call for assistance, and that a case of dishonest appropriation of property had been reported. Investigations are ongoing.

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