Woman jailed over son's abuse by boyfriend

A 25-year-old woman who let her boyfriend abuse her young son on two occasions was jailed 10 months yesterday.

The victim, who is now three and in foster care, had a skull fracture and bleeding in the brain after he was pushed off a bed by Franklie Tan Guang Wei, 26, on March 25, 2015. The boy, who was then a year old, survived after emergency surgery.

Tan was given 6 1/2 years' jail and six strokes of the cane, for causing grievous hurt and three out of four charges of ill-treating a child. He is appealing the sentence.

The child's mother, who cannot be named to protect the boy's identity, had admitted to two counts of ill-treating her son by permitting him to stay with Tan in his flat on March 8 and 25, 2015. She knew he had previously ill-treated the boy and he was not allowed unsupervised contact with the child, The Straits Times reported.