A 36-year-old woman was tried yesterday by Phnom Penh Municipal Court for injuring an infant placed under her care.
Judge Sour Linna identified the accused as Tho Channa, a maid living in Phnom Penh’s Meanchey district. She was charged with “intentionally causing injury” and faces up to two years in jail.
Ms Channa was arrested on July 19 after Pov Sao, 35, the father of the injured one-year-old girl, filed charges against her.
Mr Sao said he and his wife hired Ms Channa to look after her daughter while they were at work in May 2017.
He said that on the evening of July 18, Ms Channa beat his daughter because she was crying too much, and caused a bleeding wound to the infant’s vagina.
He took his daughter to Kuntheak Bopha Hospital, where a doctor treated her injury and certified that she was seriously wounded.
Mr Sao asked for the court to punish Ms Channa and demanded $5,000 in compensation from her.
At yesterday’s trial, Ms Channa denied the accusations, and said she loved the victim like her own daughter.
She claimed she accidentally wounded her while the infant was sitting on a stool and she was cleaning the room. As she cleaned the stool the victim was sitting on, she said her long fingernails accidentally hit the victim’s private parts, causing the wound.
“I had no intention to hurt her,” Ms Channa said.
She requested the judge to drop the charges and release her.
The verdict is due on January 5.