Her employer, Christopher Sun, smelled a rat when scratch marks began appearing on his daughter’s arm.
He installed a CCTV camera at home, and to his horror, saw his maid kicking the toddler while she was having dinner.
The girl’s head hit the floor, causing her to cry and vomit.
Still, Khaerun made her finish her food.
In a separate incident, the 28-year-old also slapped her employer’s 8-month-old son on the back several times with her hand, after he cried while she was feeding him.
She was punished for those two abusive outbursts under the Children and Young Persons Act.
In sentencing her to a total of 4 months jail, Judge Kenneth Kee commented on how she had attacked the “defenceless” toddlers, saying:
“Given the modern demographic of Singaporean households where both parents are employed during the day, as such the care of their children is left solely to domestic helpers who are entrusted with the safety and care of these individuals. The accused in this case has abused the trust imposed on her by lashing out at these children.”
In her defence, Khaerun’s lawyer said she was suffering from depression during the time she carried out her acts of child abuse because her employers had been scolding her for no reason and were denying her days off.
Adding homesickness to the mix, she had reached breaking point when she lashed out and kicked the 2-year-old girl.
Receiving her sentence, Khaerun stood up and shouted, “Thank you, ma’am”.