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Former part-time teacher charged with ill-treating boy

A former part-time teacher with NTUC My First Skool childcare centre was on Tuesday charged with ill-treatment of a child.

SINGAPORE: A former part-time teacher with NTUC My First Skool childcare centre was on Tuesday charged with ill-treatment of a child.

Siti Hadijah Mohamed Sin, 51, is alleged to have ill-treated a boy -- who was then two years old -- by grabbing his upper arms and forcefully heaving him backwards to the floor twice.

This caused the child to suffer a fracture in his left shin.

The alleged incident took place in July last year at the My First Skool childcare centre in Toa Payoh Lorong 4.

Investigations started after a two-minute video clip, taken from the centre's CCTV camera, went viral.

In the clip, a woman believed to be the teacher was seen dragging a boy with force across the floor and pushing him onto the ground.

The clip also showed the child having difficulty standing up after the fall.

Siti Hadijah's lawyer, Mr Satwant Singh, asked the court to adjourn the case so he could take instructions from his client and make representations.

The case will be heard again on February 18.

Siti Hadijah is out on bail of S$5,000.

If found guilty, she faces a jail term of up to four years, and a fine of S$4,000.

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