PUTRAJAYA (NST) – In yet another case of deaths at child care centres, a 3-month-old baby girl was found dead at a nursery in Precinct 11 here on Monday.
Nur Imna Khalisa, who was left under the care of a nursery, was found motionless by her mother, Nafisah Ahmad Jauhari, 32, when she came to pick her up after work.
Imna’s body was stiff and blue, with ant bite marks all over her eyes, ears and the back. Her father, Mohammed Zamri Anuar, claimed that she had been dead for hours.
Zamri said they arrived at the nursery at 5.45pm and his wife got down to fetch Imna with their 5-year-old tagging along while he and another daughter waited in the car.
“Suddenly, I saw my wife running frantically towards the car, saying my daughter was gone. At first I thought my daughter had been kidnapped but when I entered the nursery my heart sank, seeing ants on her lifeless body inside a baby cot.”
He claimed that the caretakers did not keep an eye on his baby, adding that when he confronted two babysitters who were there, they said they knew nothing and started to cry.
The nursery, he said, had five babysitters, but at the time they arrived at the centre, the two were waiting for other parents to come and fetch their children.
It is learnt that the nursery had been operating for more than two years, with 33 children, including nine infants and six after-school transit children.
“Our joy of having a new family member was short-lived. It is a blow to us as when we left Imna there at 7.05am, she was fine,” said the 34-year-old Malaysia Airlines employee.
Zamri said Imna showed no signs of having health problem when they dropped her before heading to work.
“I understand and accept her death as fated but the fact that the nursery did not check on her after the 3pm feeding time until my wife arrived is bewildering.
“I am willing to accept her passing but we deserve to know what had actually transpired between 3pm and 5.45pm before we found her.”
Her body was taken to the Kuala Lumpur Hospital for postmortem.