When a video of a Malaysian woman circulated recently showing her committing horrific acts of violence on a defenseless baby people took up arms in outrage demanding to know what happened to not only the mother but to her poor child and the person who filmed the footage as well.
CNN followed up after the outcry and here’s the latest information as we’ve had many folks asking for updates on the status of this situation.
The mother was 18-years-old at the time of the video in May of 2011. The infant was 10-months-old. According to Arjunaidi Mohamed, the chief of police in Petaling Jaya, the suburb of Kuala Lumpur where the attack took place, the person who filmed the entire length of unspeakable acts was a friend of the mother who was concerned for the child’s well being.
This friend claims to have seen this mother, who remains unnamed and jailed, beating her child previously and filmed this incident so that she could provide it as evidence to the police. According to Arjunaidi this friend took the footage to the police the same day.
As we previously reported this resulted in the mother being sentenced to 18 months in prison.
As for the helpless baby in the video, the child is now in the care of a foster family and is currently doing “very well” according to the deputy director of the children division of the Social Welfare Department. The director added that monthly checks are made on the family who is of no relation to the mother.
There was circulated speculation that the mother had been raped before committing the atrocities but the police stated this was false and attributed her actions to simple “frustration.” It will be up to a court to assess the mother, who’s scheduled to be released in late November, and decide if she is fit to regain custody of her child. According to authorities this evaluation process is supposed to be “very rigorous.”