Man Who Killed 2-Year-Old Daughter & Hid Remains In Metal Pot Sentenced To Jail
In 2014, a man slapped his two-year-old daughter so hard that she suffered a traumatic brain injury that led to her death.
The man and his wife then tried to conceal their crime by burning the toddler’s body in a metal pot and hiding it in a cardboard box under their kitchen stove, where it remained for over five years.
Their horrific actions came to light after the wife’s brother opened the box and showed the contents to her friends, who called the police.
The couple was arrested and charged with their daughter’s murder in 2019.
On Tuesday (19 Sep), a judge sentenced the man to 21.5 years in jail and 18 strokes of the cane. The woman’s case is currently pending.
Girl was in foster care before returning to parents
According to Channel NewsAsia (CNA), the man, 35, had four children with his then-wife, whom he has since divorced. The woman also had two children from an earlier marriage.
The couple cannot be named due to a gag order to protect the identities of their other children.
However, High Court judge Aedit Abdullah said that it was important that the deceased be remembered by her name, Umaisyah, instead of “cold and impersonal nouns such as deceased or victim”.
In November 2011, Umaisyah’s father was sent to a drug rehabilitation centre.
Umaisyah, who was around three to four months old, was then placed in foster care as her mother was assessed to be an unsuitable caretaker.
Almost two years later in June 2013, the little girl went back to live with her parents.
Sadly, they were reportedly abusive towards her and their other children. The father would allegedly punch Umaisyah’s thigh, pinch her body, and use items like belts or hangers to hit her.