Two former Pertapis employees charged with child abuse
Two former employees at Pertapis Children's Home were charged on Thursday (April 23) with child abuse.
Muhammad Abdul Gani, 26, a formal moral educator at the home, was slapped with 10 charges of ill-treating eight children while Filipina Dadiz Joanne Joy Coloma, 29, a former nursing staff, faced one count.
Court papers said Muhammad had grabbed a seven-year-old boy below his ears and lifted him off the ground in 2013.
He also allegedly ill-treated seven other children between 2012 and last year.
Dadiz allegedly sat on the back of an 11-year-old girl for about three minutes in December 2013.
Bail of $20,000 was offered to Muhammad and bail of $10,000 to Dadiz.
They were ordered not to approach the victims or their families directly or indirectly.
Their cases have been fixed for a pre-trial conference on May 18.
If found guilty, they can be fined up to $4,000 and/or jailed for up to four years for each charge.
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