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A seven-month-old baby suffocated to death in the master bedroom after her parents left her alone while she was sleeping. The incident happened on January 15th this year in Singapore and the baby had reportedly been sleeping alone since December last year as her parents wanted her to “transition to the next stage of her development”.

According to CNA, the coroner’s inquiry on Friday (October 4th) revealed that the baby, Yuri Chua Le En, had suffocated when she slipped and got trapped in the 8cm gap between her mattress and the padded bed rail. The investigation found that both Yuri’s parents, who were unmarried, had been allowing her to sleep alone. They also said that they were sick that day and put her in another room so that they would not infect the baby.

Yuri’s mother said that the night before the baby’s death, she had fed and nursed Yuri as normal and put her to sleep at 9pm. Yuri was placed on a blanket in the middle of the full-sized bed in the bedroom while her mother patted her to sleep on the night of January 14th.

During the course of the night, the baby did not make any noise and her father entered the room once at about 11pm to adjust the air-conditioner settings. “He stated that the room was dark and (the baby) was not making any noise. Both parents stated that they did not hear (the baby) make any noise throughout the night,” the court documents stated.

However, her father got the shock of his life when he entered the room at about 7am and found Yuri’s body “almost fully trapped in the gap” between the mattress and the padded bed rail at the foot of the bed. Her face was turned towards the bed rail, and she was unresponsive.

Paramedics were called and when they pronounced her dead at 8am in the Jurong residence. Dr Chan Shijia, consultant forensic pathologist with the Forensic Medicine Division of the Health Sciences Authority performed the autopsy on the baby and confirmed that the baby girl had died suffocation caused by a blockage of the nose and mouth by a surface.

The baby’s mother said that Yuri could roll over, was learning to sit and could lift her head and chest up when lying down. Dr Chan said that while a seven-month-old baby could turn over on the bed, they are unable to climb or crawl properly so when Yuri got stuck in the gap, she would not have been able to free herself.

Apparently, this is not the first time the baby had gotten stuck in that same gap. A few weeks before the tragedy, the parents said that they heard Yuri crying in the middle of the night and rushed in to find her trapped in the same part of the gap before rescuing her.

The court ruled that there was no evidence of foul play in the baby’s death and State Coroner Kamala Ponnampalam said that the death was an “unfortunate misadventure” while the cause of death was consistent with suffocation. She advised others that they should ensure their babies are sleeping safely.

Although infants should not be sleeping in the same bed as others, this does not mean they should be placed in a different room. It is advisable to place an infant on his or her back and preferably to be sleeping in a well-built crib that is free of loose bedding, pillows and toys, which could cause entrapment or suffocation.

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KUALA LUMPUR: The 41-year-old man involved in a road rage incident near Bandar Baru Bangi earlier this month which led to the death of Syed Muhammad Danial Syed Syakir was charged with murder at the Kajang Magistrate’s Court here today.

The charge against IT consultant Yew Wei Liang was made under Section 302 of the Penal Code, which carries the death penalty. No bail was allowed.

Defence counsel S Selvam argued that his client should instead be charged under Section 41 of the Road Transport Act 1987, which deals with death during road accidents.

The defence also claimed that Yew was abused during remand and had to be taken to Kajang Hospital on Aug 13, adding that he had been forced into giving a confession.

Defence lawyer Varghese Onny also said the evidence could have been tampered with as calls were made from the phone of Yew’s wife, who was also remanded.

“The phone should be under police possession during the probe,” he said.

The court fixed Sept 27 for mention and to hear complaints by the defence lawyers.

Magistrate Nor Afidah Idris also ordered for Yew to be remanded at the Sungai Buloh prison.

In the incident on Aug 10, Syed Danial, 29, died following an altercation with the driver of another car over a minor accident just after the Sungai Besi toll plaza.

The two drivers got involved in a car chase and a scuffle ensued between them at the Bandar Baru Bangi interchange. Witnesses at the scene broke up the fight and the two drivers returned to their vehicles.

The younger man then got out of his vehicle with a baseball bat and smashed the other car’s bonnet. The older driver was believed to have suddenly lurched his vehicle forward, hitting the victim.

Syed Danial was pinned between the car and the road divider. He was rushed to the Nilai Medical Centre but died while receiving treatment.

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It was a prank that went too far. A man has caused outrage among hundreds of residents of Tanggumung village in Sampang regency on Madura Island, East Java, after he pretended to be dead, leading to locals digging a grave for him.

The prankster, Robi Anjal, 38, who originally came from Pontianak, West Kalimantan, was discovered to still be alive after his grave had already been dug.

Robi, who was reported to have died on July 23, wrote in his will that he wanted to be buried next to KH Mohammad Alawi, a late local religious leader and father of KH. Fauroq, who leads an Islamic boarding school in the village.

Farouq said Robi was not a relative of his family nor did he know his background. To speed up his burial, residents of the village were asked to put aside their daily activities to dig the grave on Friday morning.

“Farmers didn’t water their tobacco plants and residents working out of town also decided not to go to work,” said Abdul Halim, one of the residents, as quoted by kompas.com.

The villagers became very mad after learning that Robi had been pretending to be dead. The grave was filled in on Sunday.

Fauroq said he had been suspicious from the beginning, as Robi’s body did not show any signs of death and that even after four days, the body did not emit any stench. He said he had also been informed by his students that the body was still warm.

The prank was eventually busted when mourners tickled Robi’s feet, forcing him to turn over and wake from his sleep. The revelation enraged the locals, who condemned the man for trying to fool them and a respected figure in the village.

“If he had been in front of us here, we would’ve buried half his body so he wouldn’t play around with death again,” Abdul said.

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SINGAPORE – A 35-year-old man died after falling several stories inside Ngee Ann City on Sunday afternoon (July 14).

Police said they were alerted to the incident at 391 Orchard Road, the mall’s address, at 2.07pm.

The man was found lying motionless and was unconscious when taken to Tan Tock Seng Hospital. He later died from his injuries.

Police are investigating the case of unnatural death.

The Straits Times understands that the hospital was on standby to receive him.

According to retail staff at the mall, the man fell from the third level to the basement two level, near the escalator well.

Shopkeepers working near the escalator well at basement two said they heard a loud sound around the time the incident happened.

Part-time waiter Jerdy Ang, 21, who works at a cafe on the third floor did not witness the incident but said his colleague, who happened to be looking in the direction of the escalator then, did.

His colleague saw the man walking from the corridor towards the railing but thought he was “seeing things wrongly” and realised the man had fallen only after hearing the sound of him landing on the basement.

The colleague has given his statement to the police.

Mr Andi Adhyaksa told ST that he heard a man scream briefly, followed by the sound of a hard object hitting the floor.

The 20-year-old Indonesian student, who is here on holiday, was with his family at Heavenly Wang, a restaurant near where the incident happened.

Seconds later, he heard two women screaming. They were subsequently interviewed by the police who also moved the man, he added.

“The person fell near the escalator, and there was a big pool of blood where he fell,” Mr Andi said.

An eyewitness, who declined to be named, told ST that she saw a pool of blood outside the ActionCity toy store at the mall’s basement two level.

Police were talking to three people seated on a bench outside the store, the eyewitness said.

According to an eyewitness, the teenager fell after he climbed over the railing onto a ledge, which gave way.

A staff member of the store told ST that she was serving a customer at the kiosk outside the shop when the man landed in front of them.

The mall was crowded at the time of the incident and a crowd gathered around the area, said Mr Ang. He added that a woman also stepped forward to help the man before police and paramedics arrived but he did not know if they knew each other.

The scene was cleaned up shortly before 5pm.

A Ngee Ann City spokesman said that the mall’s security personnel responded within minutes of the incident and assisted the injured man, before handing him over to police and the Singapore Civil Defence Force when they arrived.

The mall is also assisting businesses and staff affected by the incident, he said, adding that there have been no other calls for assistance from shoppers.

“We regret that this incident has occurred in our mall and we would like to reassure all our staff and customers that their safety and security is also our top priority,” the spokesman said.

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A 12-year-old boy was killed instantly when he fell off a moving bus after a rotting floorboard gave way.

Wan Muhammed Adam Mohd Suria was said to have suffered head and body injuries in the incident about noon.

His body was taken to Tengku Anis Hospital for a post-mortem examination.

Witnesses said the Year Six pupil of SK Tok Bok in Machang was standing with friends near the steps of the vehicle when the floorboard gave way.

“The victim lost his balance and fell off the bus. His friends only realised about the rotting board on the floor after the incident as earlier it had been covered with some kind of material,” said a witness.

It is learnt that the victim and his schoolmates were heading to Bukit Keluang in Terengganu to attend a two-day English course organised by Universiti Teknologi Mara.

It could not be immediately determined whether the bus was a chartered one or a school bus.

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A woman from Perak, who is in now in the process of getting a divorce with her husband, had already found someone else to love. However, her husband wasn’t able to accept it,and decided to act out against his wife’s new lover.

Badrul Hisham Ngah Aziz, 42, the victim who had a deformed left leg, was returning home with the woman from a shopping outing in Teluk Intan on Sunday (23rd June). However, the husband had caught them together and decided to confront them.

Fueled by anger and jealousy, the suspect, also in his 40s, smashed the window of the car they were in and began hitting the disabled man repeatedly with a stick spiked with nails at around 2.30pm, reported The Star.

This went on until the police arrived at the scene in Jalan Kenanga 8, Felcra Changkat Lada, in Kampung Gajah, where they found the disabled man still being beaten up. They had to hold back the suspect to end the assault.

The victim, a father of three, suffered serious injuries from the attack and was later pronounced dead by the medical team at the scene of the incident.

“The incident happened in front of the suspect’s house. He and his wife are in the process of getting a divorce. The victim is said be in a relationship with the man’s wife,” Perak Tengah district deputy police chief DSP Nik Rosdi Nik Yahya said.

Meanwhile, the suspect has been arrested and is being investigated under Section 302 of the Penal Code.

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Married couples, even parents, get into arguments all the time, and it is one part of being together that cannot be avoided without facing repercussions. But to make the relationship work, it takes two individuals who are willing to set their differences aside and find a way to solve the problem together.

However, whether they are fighting or not, their responsibilities do not cease to exist. Fathers and mothers still have to carry out their duties as parents because their kids still depend on them. This did not seem like something that a young South Korean couple was aware of astheir negligence and lack of communication led to the death of their 7-month-old baby girl.

According to The Korea Timesthe 18-year-old mother and 21-year-old father had a huge fight on the night of 23rd May, which ended in them walking out of their apartment. However, neither of them returned to their home under the assumption that their partner would go home to take care of their daughter.

The most absurd thing about this case is that neither of them went back for a whole week!Instead, both of them went out to socialise with their friends without bothering to check on each other or their baby. The mother posted photos of herself drinking every day from 25th May to 31st May on her social media.

“Drinking yesterday and drinking today. I’m really going through it,” she wrote in one of her captions.

Meanwhile, the father went to a cyber cafe to play games with his friend, and it was only on 31st May that he went back home and found his baby daughter dead.

The couple attempted to hide the baby’s body in a cardboard box, but it was later discovered by the guy’s father on 2nd June. They were then reported to the police and arrested on the charges of child abuse causing death.

While investigations are still being conducted, an autopsy revealed that the baby did not have any food in her stomach at the point of death, which implies that she was starved to death.

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DHAKA – Bangladesh police were set to file charges on Wednesday (May 29) against 16 people, including the headmaster of an Islamic seminary, over the shocking murder of a 19-year-old girl burned to death.

The killing of Ms Nusrat Jahan Rafi last month sparked protests across the South Asian nation, with the Prime Minister promising to prosecute all those involved.

Ms Rafi was lured to the rooftop of the Islamic seminary she attended, where her attackers asked her to withdraw a sexual harassment complaint filed with police against the head teacher.

When she refused, she was doused in kerosene and set on fire. She died five days later, triggering outrage. Her death highlighted the alarming rise in sexual harassment cases in the country.

Bangladesh’s Police Bureau of Investigation said they would file the charge sheet in a court in the country’s south later on Wednesday against the 16 people, who include two girls who were classmates of Ms Rafi.

“They are charged under the women and children repression law and we’ll recommend death penalty for all 16 accused,” PBI lead investigator Mohammad Iqbal told AFP.

Investigator Iqbal said the principal of the Sonagazi Islamia Senior Fazil Madrasa Siraj Ud Doula, where Ms Rafi was a student, ordered the murder from jail.

Ms Rafi had gone to police in late March to report the alleged sexual harassment against the teacher, and a leaked video shows the local police station chief registering her complaint but dismissing it as “not a big deal”.

Investigator Iqbal said at least five people, including three of Ms Rafi’s classmates, had tied her up with a scarf before setting her on fire. The plan was to pass the incident off as a case of suicide.

Ms Rafi suffered burns to 80 per cent of her body and died in hospital on April 10. But she recorded a video before her death, repeating her allegations against the principal.

Ms Rafi’s brother, Mr Mahmudul Hasan Noman, said they want a fast-track trial.

“We want all the culprits to be hanged to death,” he told AFP.

The head of Mahila Parishad, a women’s rights group, gave a “guarded welcome” at the quick investigation of the case, but said more needed to be done to end a “culture of impunity” over sexual harassment and rape cases.

“Very few rape cases end in convictions,” she said.

According to the group, about 950 women were raped in Bangladesh last year.

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According to Astro Awani, a 23-year-old father, identified as MS, was recently arrested for allegedly abusing his 3-month-old baby to death.

MS was arrested in West Jakarta, Indonesia. He is believed to have been physically abusing his biological daughter since she was about 1 month old.

Kebon District Police Cheif Jeruk AKP Erick Sitepu was quoted as saying,

“Based on the suspect’s explanation, this was not the first time he has harmed the child as he has been abusing her since she was one and a half months old, during which time the baby’s leg and hips were broken.”

His wife, SK, once brought the child to a clinic for a medical check-up without her husband’s knowledge and found that several of her bones had been broken. However, once MS found out about the doctor’s diagnosis, he scolded her and convinced SK that the baby suffered those injuries due to her mother’s carelessness.

The 3-month-old passed away on 27th April under her father’s care while SK went out to the market that morning. SK’s visually-impaired mother, 55-year-old Jumiah, was also at home with MS and the baby.

According to the Jakarta Postpolice believe the motive behind the brutal abuse was that the father was ashamed that his child was conceived out of wedlock. During the pregnancy, MS even reportedly tried to convince SK to abort their child, but she refused. The police chief added,

“Investigators also tried to find photos of the victim (the child) and the suspect, but it turned out that he hated her so much that he did not want to be photographed with her.”

Jumiah reportedly heard the baby making regurgitating sounds as if she was about to throw up. She then woke a sleeping MS up and told him to pick up the child. Erik Sitepu continued,

“After she left [the room], the baby was assaulted by the suspect. The baby was bitten on the left side of the face and punched in the face, causing injury to the baby’s nose and lips.”

The baby’s father reportedly told the police that he punched the baby twice until her forehead and nose began to bleed. He also pulled his daughter’s right hand and left arm as well as her legs until they made a popping sound.

“After the assault, the baby was still alive, and the mother saw that she was still breathing but limp. She asked the suspect why the baby was like that, to which he said she had choked on something.”

Jumiah reportedly heard noises as it happened but did not think anything was out of the ordinary.

SK and MS then took their baby to a nearby health centre, where she was declared dead on arrival. When the parents tried asking for a death certificate, the clinic refused to issue one as the baby’s death appeared to be due to unnatural causes. The family later buried their child near their home.

Meanwhile, a nurse at the health centre filed a police report regarding the baby’s death, which led to the father’s arrest on 1st May. MS also tested positive for methamphetamine and has reportedly been using the drug since 2017. 

MS has been charged under the Criminal Code and Law No. 35/2014 on child protection. If he is found guilty, he could face up to 20 years in prison. SK, in a statement to the Jakarta Tribune, said that she had “given up” on her husband and asked for the courts to come down on him heavily “if the death sentence is necessary.

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Footage of a 17-year-old boy jumping to his death from a high bridge in Shanghai last week has sparked heated debate among internet users, with many criticising the standard of Chinese parenting.

The boy jumped from the Lupu Bridge, which crosses the Huangpu River, on Wednesday evening.

Before he jumped, he had been in the back seat of a white car being driven by his mother, who suddenly stopped the vehicle on the bridge. The video shows the mother standing next to the car, apparently talking to her son inside.

After the mother returned to the driver’s seat, the boy got out of the car and ran towards the side of the bridge. His mother chased him, but the boy jumped off the bridge, China News Service reported.

The mother, who was not named in the report, said she had criticised her son, a student at a technical school in the city, over a conflict with his classmates before he committed suicide.

Footage of the incident posted on the internet has attracted tens of thousands of comments on Weibo, China’s Twitter-like microblogging site.

Many denounced Chinese parenting, with some recalling their own experiences.

“His mother will live in guilt for the rest of her life. The boy’s choice is definitely not due to this single argument. Crushing the camel to death is every straw on it,” one internet user wrote, with his comment receiving more than 1,000 likes.

Another wrote: “His mother is like mine. No matter how deeply aggrieved I feel, my mother can always figure out my problems. I can’t deny her love for me, but I also can’t deny that her misguided way of educating me brought me much harm when I was young.”

A third Weibo user said: “I totally understand the boy’s feelings. He had conflicts with his peers and aspired to be comforted by his family. But instead, he was attacked and must have felt extremely bad.”

Li Yinuo, chief representative of the Beijing office of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, wrote on WeChat, a mobile social media app: “Behind this short video, we can imagine unheard calls for many years, endless stifling depression and curbed emotions.”

But some people said today’s young needed to toughen up.

“Children today are getting weaker and weaker. Teachers can’t say a bad word to them and at home, parents dare not criticise them. What can they do when they grow up?” an internet user wrote on Weibo.

Another wrote: “I think if a person hasn’t experienced frustration when he is young, he will make trouble after he becomes an adult.”

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