35-year-old woman charged with murder of 8-year-old daughter

The incident took place on Aug 10, 2021, at a residential unit in Geylang Lorong 31. PHOTO: SHIN MIN DAILY NEWS

SINGAPORE - A woman was charged with the murder of her eight-year-old daughter on Thursday morning (Aug 11).

The 35-year-old is alleged to have caused the death of the girl some time before 11.38am in Geylang Lorong 31 on Tuesday.

A copy of the redacted charge sheet, dated Aug 10, obtained by The Straits Times on Thursday, indicated that the case is being handled by the Special Investigation Section of the Criminal Investigation Department.

The woman cannot be named, as there is a gag order on her identity.

She was charged via video conference while at Changi Medical Centre at the Changi Prison Complex, where she has been remanded for psychiatric observation.

In an earlier statement, the police said that they were alerted to an incident in a residential unit in Geylang at around 11.40am on Tuesday.

Officers found the child lying motionless, with multiple wounds.

She was unconscious when she was rushed to a hospital, and was pronounced dead at 12.45pm.

The police arrested her mother.

Chinese evening daily Lianhe Wanbao reported on Wednesday that residents in the area were unaware something had happened until they spotted police officers at the scene.

An unnamed resident said: "It wasn't until the police came to knock on the door in the afternoon and asked if we heard any abnormal noises that I realised something was wrong."

The scene was also reportedly cordoned off on Tuesday for more than eight hours as about 30 officers moved in and out of the area.

A woman believed to be a relative of the accused told Wanbao that the victim had a younger sister who is now being looked after by her grandparents.

She added that the father of the children was not around but had been informed soon after the incident.

The case has been adjourned, and will be heard again on Sept 2.

If convicted of murder, the woman will face the death penalty.

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