Terengganu Mum Pleads Not Guilty To Ditching Her Kids For A KL Trip With BF
She had disappeared for a week before surrendering herself to the police.
32-year-old Siti Minah Muhammad, who previously left her children alone for days, was charged in court earlier today, 11 July
Berita Harian reported that the single mother was brought to the Kuala Berang Magistrate Court in Terengganu today.
She faces three charges for each of her children under Section 33(1)(a) of the Child Act 2001, which stipulates a maximum fine of RM20,000, a five-year jail sentence, or both.
According to Sin Chew Daily, she may also face 35 to 240 hours of community service.
The 32-year-old claimed trial to leaving her children, aged between six to 12, without care and supervision
Siti's charge sheet showed that her children were left alone at a low-cost flat in Padang Setengge, Kuala Berang for over three days prior to 3 July, reported Berita Harian.
The mother's lawyer, Mastura Amirah Mohd Idris then asked the court to lower her bail amount as she was working as a saleswoman with a daily wage of RM45.
Siti was then granted bail at RM3,000 for each of her charges.
The woman, who reportedly left her kids to travel with her boyfriend, surrendered herself to the police on 8 July
Kosmo reported that Siti surrendered herself to the Hulu Terengganu district police station on Monday after disappearing from her home for a week.
"During questioning, she admitted that she left her children alone for three days," Hulu Terengganu police chief Deputy Superintendent Adli Mat Daud was quoted as saying by Kosmo.