The Jakarta Post
Siti Nur Sekha, 26, a suspect in a child abuse case, has claimed that she did not have the intention of dousing her adoptive child with hot water, saying that she was drunk and tired from work when the incident took place.
“I never meant to douse [my child] with water. I was sleepy after work and under the influence of alcohol, so I got emotional,” Siti said at the Depok Police headquarters on Friday as reported by kompas.com.
Siti, who works at night to support her family, also claimed that her mother often provoked her into hurting her child.
“My mother provoked me into hitting [my child]. I got emotional and I hit and doused [the child] with water, but not with boiling hot water,” she said, adding that the water was lukewarm.
Depok Police deputy chief Adj. Sr. Comr. Arya Perdana said early investigation of the case indicated that Siti was aware of her alleged misconduct.
On Siti’s claim that she was drunk during the time of the incident, Arya said her blood alcohol level was not checked.
Arya added that Siti allegedly abused her child repeatedly every time she was angry.
Siti was named a suspect of child abuse and could face five years in prison if found guilty of violating the 2014 law on child protection.
Arya said investigators would summon Safran Mangaran, Siti’s husband, as according to information from Siti, her husband also often abused their child.
The case surfaced after the child was taken to Fatmawati Hospital in South Jakarta for burn injuries after allegedly being doused in hot water by Siti on May 24 in the family’s house in Cinere, Depok, West Java.
The child, 11 years old, was homeless before being adopted by the couple.