A 2-month-old baby, Zabelle Peh Yu Xuan, was forcefully dropped into a baby cot by 29-year-old Sim Liang Xiu on 8 January and died from a fractured skull.
Her husband, 31-year-old Peh Wei Jian had allegedly slapped the baby in a flat at Block 363 Sembawang Crescent on 5 January at about 1.30am.
The gag order preventing his identity from being revealed was lifted on Monday, and he is facing a new charge, although it was not disclosed in court; and he is intending to engage a lawyer.
Peh married Sim in 2018, and his wife is being accused of murdering the baby on 8 January.
Peh is facing a charge under the Children and Young Persons Act, and will be remanded at the Central Police Division before his case is heard again on 13 February.
His wife is also being remanded at the Central Police Division and her case has been adjourned to 10 February.
Wife’s charge upgraded to murder
29-year-old Sim Liang Xiu, was originally charged with causing grievous hurt to a baby by forcefully dropping the infant into a cot.
Sim’s charge has since been upgraded to murder earlier today and is now accused of causing the death of the baby, Zabelle Peh Yu Xuan.
A court order that forbids her identification was lifted, although the woman’s relation to the baby was not revealed in court documents.
She was originally charged with forcefully dropping the 2-month-old baby into a cot on 8 January knowing that her action would cause grievous hurt to the baby.
The baby suffered a fracture to her skull as a result of Sim’s actions.
The police prosecutor applied to lift the gag order on the identities of both Sim and the baby because the baby had died, which was granted by the court.
The prosecutor also requested for Sim to be remanded a further week, citing investigations and visitations of the crime scene.
Sim appeared in court via a video link from her remand and told the court that she didn’t understand what was going on, saying in Chinese “the police already said I’m guilty, what is there to investigate?”
She is set to return to court next week, after the judge replied that her offence was very serious and that the police need time to finish their investigations after gathering evidence.