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Suspect in baby's death released on bail

2019/04/25 00:09:38

Kaohsiung, April 24 (CNA) A babysitter suspected of causing the death of a one-year-old baby boy in Kaohsiung was released Wednesday on bail of NT$100,000 (US$3,236), the city's police department said.

It said its initial investigations found that the 32-year-old woman realized at about 5 a.m. Wednesday that something was wrong with the child, and he was rushed to hospital, where it was determined that he had sustained a fractured skull and intracranial hemorrhage.

The case was reported to the police, who later learned that the child had suffered a fall and hit his forehead on the floor when the babysitter slapped him on Tuesday evening because he was crying, the Kaohsiung City Police Department (KCPD) said.

Prosecutors identified the babysitter as a suspect in the child's death but released her on bail of NT$100,000 in light of the fact that she helped get the boy to hospital when she discovered that something was wrong and also because she has been cooperating with the investigations, the KCPD said.

Forensic examinations are still being carried out to determine the cause of death, the KCPD said.

According to the Kaohsiung Social Affairs Bureau, it had issued a home care certificate to the babysitter last October and she had been taking care of the child since March.

She had no previous record of misconduct, the bureau said.

(By Chen Chao-fu and William Yen)
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