Five-year-old boy & # 39; was kept in cat cage by parents who tortured him and then killed him by burning him & # 39;
A court in Singapore showed photos of a cat cage in which a five-year-old boy was reportedly detained by his parents before they were burned to death by his & # 39 ;.
Azlin Arujunah and Ridzuan Mega Abdul Rahman, both 27, are accused of pouring boiling water over their son three years ago into their home in the Southeast Asian city state.
During the first day of their trial on Tuesday, the court heard that the five-year-old was kept in a litter box and tortured for months with heated spoons and tongs before he died.
His death was caused by blows to the head and a flood of 198F water gushed down his back and calves, prosecutors said.
A forensic pathologist told the Supreme Court of Singapore on Wednesday that cuts in the boy's body may result from the young person being held in the confined space.
Today his mother, Azlin, told the police three days after his death no intention of killing her child, saying, "How can I kill a child?" Just look at my little body. & # 39;
The cat cage in which Azlin Arujunah and Ridzuan Mega Abdul Rahman are accused of keeping their five-year-old son before his death in October 2016
In another statement she said: & # 39; I have no intention of pouring the hot water on him if he did not show any attitude towards me. & # 39;
Azlin said in a separate interview with the police that she & # 39; only wanted him to learn his lesson & # 39; when she disciplined her son.
According to the Straits Times her statement said: & # 39; If I intended to kill him, I would have killed my other children too.
& # 39; But all my other children are safe and I don't hit them. As a mother, I would not have the heart to kill my own child. & # 39;
Earlier in the hearing Dr. Chan Shijia that she examined the age of the pet less than three feet long, less than two feet wide and just over two feet long.
She told the court that the boy could have been scratched by the metal bars as he walked through the family's cat cage, Straits Times reports.
Photos of the boy's burns and cuts, including injuries to his face and scalp, were shown on a screen in court.
He had a fracture of his nose and bruises on his limbs and scalp and his The young person's lips and gums were torn, the pathologist said.
Dr. Chan added that these injuries were said to have been caused by a fall or impact from & # 39; a significant amount of force & # 39 ;, according to reports.
Azlin Arujunah and Ridzuan Mega Abdul Rahman, both 27, were on trial in Singapore on Tuesday and Wednesday (photo) for the murder and torture of their five-year-old child
Among the list of horrific injuries were second-third-degree burns, which included 75 percent of the boy's body, acute kidney injury, dehydration, a broken nose, cuts on his face, and isolated speech delay.
The child, who was not named due to a court order, died only a day after being admitted to hospital.
Prosecutors claim that the boy threw a cookie tin in August 2016 and Azlin hit him so hard that his stomach was covered with stains. He also started to bump through a misaligned kneecap.
The boy's father placed a burning metal spoon on his palm when the child stole milk powder & # 39; to eat, said the prosecutors.
Azlin and Ridzuan would have scalded the boy at least four times before his death and would bet with fists or a broom for the least mistake.
On one occasion the boy screamed & are you crazy or what? & # 39 ;, which made the parents angry to water him with more steaming fluid, prosecutors said.
On the day of his death, October 22, 2016, the boy was reportedly locked up in a cat cage.
A prison guard looks out from a watchtower to the Changi prison in Singapore. Executions take place in Changi prison, where the gallows are located. The prison is likely to be the destination for the parents if they are found guilty of the murder of their five-year-old boy
His mother wanted to bathe him, but the child refused. He was called to discipline him and he poured a stream of hot water over his calf and back, the court heard.
The boy then fell forward and stopped moving, a witness told the hearing on Tuesday.
Instead of seeking medical help immediately, the parents waited six hours to take the boy to the hospital, the court heard.
After the hospital informed the police, the parents were arrested the following days.
A foster family admitted the boy shortly after his birth in 2011, but later returned to his biological parents in 2015.
The Singapore legal system maintains a mandatory death penalty for a number of offenses, including murder.
If found guilty, Azlin and Ridzuan can be executed at the gallows in Changi prison.
It is reported that the abuse did not begin until a year later when the parents & # 39; the deceased were suffering psychologically in different ways & # 39 ;, said the prosecutor Tan Wen Hsien, Daphne Lim and Li Yihong.
The police investigate the mental health of the parent while in custody, but found no evidence that he was unhealthy during the murder.
Both defendants deny murder and the trial continues.
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