Two detained over 4 month old baby’s death

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BATU PAHAT, June 8, 2012: Police have remanded the two children of a babysitter in investigations into the case involving the discovery of the body of a four-month-old girl near a lake.

The children – a 15-year-old girl and a 12-year-old boy – were taken to a magistrate’s court on Wednesday to be remanded at a special detention centre until June 12.

The babysitter was remanded earlier following the discovery of Lim Xin Yao’s body in a bush near Tasik Y here on May 31.

OCPD Asst Comm Din Ahmad said police needed more information on the case. So far, statements have been taken from 18 people and more will be questioned in the next few days.

The babysitter, who is being treated for a broken leg, was remanded before magistrate Amelia Marsita Hamdan at Batu Pahat Hospital on June 2.

The single mother was detained last Friday after a post-mortem on Xin Yao showed that she had died of suffocation.

Police said the baby had died on May 29 before her body was discovered by joggers at about 7pm two days later.

“We expect to wrap up the case soon,” ACP Din said yesterday, adding that the remand for the babysitter, which ends today, would be extended.

The babysitter had earlier told police that she had left the baby alone in her car at about 4.30am on Wednesday at Tasik Y while she was putting up a notice for a babysitting job on a lamppost about 5m away.

She claimed that three men pulled her into their car before driving off to the Batu Pahat Stadium about a kilometre away.

The woman added that she jumped out when the car stopped at the stadium but, while escaping, slipped and fell unconscious.

Police are investigating her claims and allegations made by several former clients that she had abused their children.