We’ve got an update on a past case today.
And one that’s a bit dark for my tastes.
A few weeks back, it was reported that a couple had murdered their two-year-old child and placed her remains in a metal pot.
For those of you new to this, it’s, unfortunately, a real case.
The child was murdered in 2014, and it’s still bizarre how they hid it for so long.
Hidden For Five Years
Considering how small Singapore is, it’s still a mystery.
Mr Desmond Lee, Minister for Social and Family Development, made a parliamentary reply on 7 October on the situation.
He mentioned that during interaction with various groups, the family made officers and social workers not place any suspicions on them or their daughter, saying that she’s with her relatives.
Even then, a two-year-old would rarely have interaction with agencies.
Mr Lee cannot give out any specific details, as the above-mentioned interactions will be taken to consideration during the investigation and in court.
Much like we thought, several MPs were concerned over how the case went by unnoticed.
A few wanted to know if the Ministry of Social and Family Development (MSF) has ways to detect potential early child abuse.
Case Of The Parents
With all of that heavy stuff, you must be wondering where the parents are now.
Well, as covered in our previous article, the two are currently under psychiatric evaluation.
They will return to court later this month.
Over the years, the family was in contact with various government and community agencies.
These were mostly for financial assistance, childcare issues, education and schooling.
You might find that ironic, but it makes sense, considering they have other children as well.
Thank goodness they’re under stable alternative care arrangements.
Even more disturbing though was that the family had interacted with Child Protective Service, making me pray that the other children weren’t treated badly as well.
Gosh, I really hope not.
This isn’t even their first run-in with the law!
The woman was previously brought to jail for five years and two months for drug-related offences and theft.
The man also has a history of drug offences, previously accused of rioting.
If convicted of murder, both of them could be sentenced to life imprisonment or receive a death penalty, with the addition of caning for the man.
I sincerely hope the other children are being taken care of well, and that justice will be brought to the late daughter.
No one should be able to commit murder and get away with it.
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