Freelance Babysitter Charged for Poisoning 2 Babies While Taking Care of Them

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Kicking puppies, innocent babies and torturing kittens are a big no-no.

Do it and when you do go to prison, you’ll be in for a wild ride.

Unfortunately, there are still people in this world who just don’t get why it’s wrong to hurt anyone, let alone cute, innocent babies.

Freelance Babysitter Charged for Poisoning 2 Babies While Taking Care of Them

Yesterday (15 Oct 2020), a 39-year-old freelance babysitter, Sa’adiah Jamari, was found guilty of poisoning two babies under her care back in 2016.

The worst part? They were two girls, one 5-month-old and another 11-month-old, from different families.

Over the span of two months back in 2016, the mother of the 5-month-old and the parents of the 11-month-old realised that their babies were returned to them drowsy with swollen eyelids.

When they deposited the girls with their babysitter, they were apparently in normal condition.

Worried, they brought them to the hospital for a check and realised that there were traces of substances in their blood.

Blood from the younger baby was found to have 10 substances while the older one had 8 substances found.

Might Have Gotten Drugs From Doctor Friend

Substances in the baby girls’ blood include:

  • Alprazolam – a sleeping pill with a sedative effect
  • Chlorpheniramine, an antihistamine used to treat allergies and may cause sleepiness
  • Diazepam
  • Zolpidem.

All substances were classified as poisons by the Health Sciences Authority (HSA).

Deputy Public Prosecutor Yan Jiakang said that Sa’adiah, an enrolled nurse, had gotten the drugs either through prescriptions that were brought over by her doctor friend or bought them over the counter.

According to Yahoo News, Sa’adiah was regularly prescribed for alprazolam, diazepam and zolpidem in the last two months of 2016.

How regular? At least once a week.

They also found evidence in her home, including:

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  • Traces of zolpidem on a milk bottle
  • An empty slab of zolpidem
  • A full slab of chlorpheniramine (prescribed by doctor friend for flu)

It was also noted that substances within the baby girls’ blood were also found in Sa’adiah’s bloodwork.

A Liar With Inconsistent Defence

The prosecution has harsh words for Sa’adiah, denouncing her as a liar whose testimony was filled with holes and lies.

The nurse had denied knowing much about the drugs and hid the fact that she can get them.

Even when she was exposed, she claimed that she only knew diazepam by its “trade name” because she didn’t take it “much”.

That despite the fact that she was prescribed the drug 52 times in 2016.

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In her defence, Sa’adiah also tried to pin the blame on the girls’ parents, describing how they were often late to pick them up.

It was noted, however, that Sa’adiah was the one who asked the parents to pick the girls up late.


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She will be sentenced on 24 Nov 2020.