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Indonesian babysitter sentenced for killing baby

2019/07/22 19:47:06

Taipei, July 22 (CNA) An unqualified Indonesian babysitter was sentenced to seven-and-a-half-years in prison by the New Taipei District Court Monday for accidentally killing the seven-month-old son of another Indonesian.

The accused, identified as Juwita Ekasari, had started working as a babysitter for an Indonesian migrant worker couple in December of last year in exchange for NT$14,000 per month, according to the ruling.

At around 2 a.m. Dec. 9, however, the accused called the baby's parents to tell them that their son was suffering from vomiting and spams. The boy was immediately taken to the nearby Wanfang Hospital for emergency treatment but did not survive, the ruling said.

Post mortem results revealed that the baby had suffered from hemorrhaging on the brain and behind the retinas, leading to his death.

Investigators also found that Ekasari had overstayed in Taiwan as her work visa had expired.

During her trial, Ekasari confessed that she shook the baby two or three times. A witness also confirmed seeing the accused shaking the baby while telling him to stop crying.

The court ruled that the accused will remain behind bars for seven years and six months and will be deported after she completes her jail term.

The verdict is not final and can be appealed.

(By Yeh Chen and Joseph Yeh)
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