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UNCLE RAPED HER
A 14-year-old's life of sexual abuse came to light only after she tried to kill herself.
Her uncle first abused her when she was only 12. Two years later, he raped her.
The girl was so traumatised that she tried to kill herself by drinking bleach solution and soap powder.
On Oct 26, 2015, the 54-year-old food stall operator pleaded guilty to four counts of sexually assaulting, molesting and raping his niece.
FAMILY TORTURED HIM
Between 2009 and 2011, Zack (not his real name) endured a litany of abuse, including having hot oil splashed on his body, being hit by a belt and having his fingers snipped with a pair of scissors.
His abusers were his 46-year-old maternal grandaunt, her three daughters and her former husband.
Zack's plight came to light only after he was seen wandering alone at a bus stop in Ang Mo Kio Avenue 9, near Thye Hua Kwan Community Hospital.
His abusers were all jailed.
FATHER KILLED HER
Natalie Nikie Alisyia Sallehan was only 23 months old when she was beaten to death by her father for playing with his cigarettes in 2010.
Sallehan Allaudin had slapped and punched her so hard that she died of a tear in a major vein, probably from a hard punch, kick or stomp. He was jailed for 10 years and given 10 strokes of the cane.
MUM'S BOYFRIEND KILLED HIM
In 2009, Sri Alyaniz Nazri died after 18 days of abuse by her mother's boyfriend, Mohd Azhar Ghapar. She was then two years and four months old.
He had punched her abdomen and pinched her arms, ear, chest and stomach. He also head-butted her and stepped on her abdomen, fracturing her ribs. Azhar was jailed for 12 years and given 12 strokes of the cane.
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Why did no one help?
The abuse that killed two-year-old Mohamad Daniel Mohamad Nasser last year was the second case of child abuse in Block 19, Telok Blangah Crescent.
But is this more than just a chilling coincidence?
According to experts that The New Paper on Sunday spoke to, the “fine line” between abuse and disciplining children keeps neighbours from reporting them to the authorities.
About the case
Mohamad Daniel Mohamad Nasser, aged two, was abused for 25 days over a 35-day period .
During that time, Daniel was kicked and slapped nearly every day by his pregnant mother and her boyfriend.
Cleaners Zaidah, 41, and her boyfriend, Zaini Jamari, 46, made Daniel stand with his hands on his head while wearing only a nappy. They also forced him to eat spoonfuls of dried chilli.
He died on Nov 23, 2015.
Zaidah and Zaini were each convicted of three charges of child abuse and one count each of causing grievous hurt on June 23.
Zaidah admitted to 26 other charges of abusing Daniel and Zaini faces 18 other counts though they did not say why they committed the acts.
The pair will be sentenced on July 5.
Daniel was Zaidah's fourth of six children. His father was in prison when he was born. Zaidah has since lost contact with him. Her three older children, with the oldest at 20, no longer live with her.
Why didn't anyone protect Daniel from abuse?
One toddler was killed and another seriously injured by those who were meant to protect them at Block 19, Telok Blangah Crescent.
Daniel was two years old and a brave boy.
Even as he was slapped, stomped on, pinched and abused repeatedly by his own mother and her boyfriend, he did not cry.
And neighbours had little clue Mohamad Daniel Mohamad Nasser was being abused.
On Nov 23, 2015, Daniel's little body, peppered with marks and injuries he had sustained from a prolonged period of torture, gave up.
And even though he died, his caregiver, the woman he called Mak (mother in Malay) showed no remorse in court.
Cleaners Zaidah, 41, and her boyfriend, Zaini Jamari, 46, were found guilty after a trial and will be sentenced on July 5.
One woman tried to help little Daniel and is now filled with regret.
Ms Puspawati Abdul Razat, 51, is wheelchair-bound after a stroke she suffered four years ago.
She regarded Daniel as her grandson, and he would call her "nenek" (grandmother in Malay).
Daniel and his family lived with her, cramped into a one-room rental flat on the sixth storey. Ms Puspawati's teenage niece also lived there.
Inside the flat where Daniel lived. TNP PHOTO: ARIFFIN JAMAR
She tells The New Paper on Sunday that she tried to help protect Daniel from the savagery he suffered, but she was afraid.
Her immobility also prevented her from calling for help sooner.
"I tried to help him countless times, but I couldn't get up or go to a private place to call the police."
"I even fell while trying to protect Daniel once," she says.
Ms Puspawati says she would plead for them to stop hitting him but her cries fell on deaf ears.
"I would tell them enough is enough, if they hit him any more he would die," she says.
Although her niece was hardly at home, Ms Puspawati says she, too, begged for the torture to stop and even volunteered to take him out to play.
They were told to mind their own business.
Daniel's mother and her boyfriend were always around, and Ms Puspawati had little opportunity to call for help during the 20 days of hell Daniel endured.
"Even when Daniel was unconscious, his mother was reluctant to call for help. I had to fight to call the ambulance," she says.
Ms Puspawati says she first met Daniel's mother 20 years ago through a friend.
They did not stay in touch but two years ago, she reconnected with Zaidah, who was working as a cleaner in an industrial building in Ubi Road.
According to Ms Puspawati, Zaidah was staying in a cramped storeroom that could barely fit her. There was nowhere to cook, and Zaidah lived there alone.
At that time, she was pregnant with Daniel. Ms Puspawati took pity on her and offered to let Zaidah stay with her in the flat she was sharing with another adult tenant.
Ms Puspawati says her flat is now too quiet.
"I look outside my window, and sometimes I see children running or I hear them playing downstairs.
"Daniel could have been one of them," she says.
Block 19, Telok Blangah Crescent, hides a terrible secret.
Daniel is the second child to be repeatedly abused by his caregivers.
Three years earlier, almost to the date Daniel died, a four-year-old girl was punched and kicked over a one-month period because she had defecated on a mattress.
Festive lights hang outside the house where Daniel lived. TNP PHOTO: ARIFFIN JAMAR
After Fiona's (not her real name) accident on the bed, the mother's boyfriend, Mohammad Rudy Madon, then 37, grabbed some of the faeces and smeared it all over the little girl's face - causing her to even eat some of her own waste.
Although her mother intervened and took the girl to the bathroom, Mohammad Rudy did not stop.
Fuelled by his rage, he punched and stepped on the girl's right thigh several times, fracturing her bone.
Like Daniel, little Fiona hobbled around bravely at home for a month despite her injuries.
Mohammad Rudy pleaded guilty on Oct 1, 2013, to one count of ill-treating the girl, two counts of voluntarily causing grievous hurt to her and three drug-related charges.
He was jailed four years and given four strokes of the cane.
Mohammad Rudy will be out soon and given another chance.
Not little Daniel. Not Fiona.
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Scrat's the man
The prehistoric squirrel's incessant quest for the acorn is the key to Ice Age's success
The prehistoric gang are back for another adventure — their fifth! — in Ice Age: Collision Course.
The successful franchise may be led by Manny the mammoth (Ray Romano), Sid the sloth (John Leguizamo), and Diego the sabre-toothed tiger (Denis Leary), but there is no debate that the twitchy, acorn-loving rodent Scrat (Chris Wedge), is a fan favourite. The series' mascot has also helped the series rake in over US$2.8 billion (S$3.8 billion) in global box-office receipts.
The squirrel-rat with the fangy overbite has also been there for every major moment in the history of the natural world. He ushered in the Ice Age, started the Meltdown, unleashed the Lost World of the Dinosaurs into the Ice Age, started the separation of the continents — and now, he’s triggered a series of cosmic disasters that threaten the Ice Age world.
With the Ice Age world in danger, Sid, Manny, Diego and the rest of the herd must leave their home and embark on a quest full of comedy and adventure, as they travel to exotic new lands and encounter a host of colourful new characters.
Before we go back to the Ice Age, let us revisit some of Scrat's best moments.
Ice Age (2002)
Just when you think the movie is over, we see Scrat, 20,000 years later, encased in ice along with his beloved acorn. However, the acorn is washed away by the incoming tide before Scrat can totally be defrosted. Though Scrat manages to find a new "nut" — the coconut — his joy is short-lived though.
Ice Age: The Meltdown (2006)
Everybody loves kung fu fighting — even Scrat. The resilient rodent is not going to give up his acorn, not even when he is attacked by a school of piranhas.
Ice Age: Dawn Of The Dinosaurs (2009)
Scrat's never-ending chase of the accursed acorn is momentarily halted when he meets the beguiling Scratte. Alas, true love is not meant to be, as the pair soon bicker and fight over their object of desire... yes, the acorn.
Ice Age: Continental Drift (2012)
Who would have thought that Scrat is the reason behind the continental drift? Also, in his pursuit of the elusive acorn, Scrat chances upon a map that may lead him to Scratlantis, a treasure trove of acorns! But first, he needs to fend off a band of not-so-merry pirates.
Cosmic Scrat-tastrophe (2015)
This spin-off serves as a prologue to Ice Age: Collision Course, where Scrat's cosmic antics sees him playing pinball with the planets, and later causing the mother of all asteroids to hurtle toward Earth.