Filipina sent behind bars for burning employer’s child with an iron

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A Filipina who worked as a domestic helper  in Hong Kong in 2019 was convicted of child abuse on Jan.13, 2020 after she injured her employer’s child using a flat iron.

The Tuen Mun Magistrates’ Courts sentenced Kristine Aguirre Lising to 16 months of imprisonment after she was found guilty of burning the chest of a 22-month old child using an iron in July 2019.

Lising previously told her employer that she accidentally scalded her daughter with hot water. She resigned thereafter and left her employer’s residence in Yuen Long.

Local media reports said that the mother noticed however that the burnt mark on her daughter’s chest resembled a stamp from an iron’s sole plate, or the metal base which emits heat used for pressing clothes.

Lising was arrested at the Hong Kong International Airport on Aug.20, 2019 just before she took her flight.

The 31-year-old’s excuse that she accidentally scalded her employer’s child fell through when medical examination showed that the injury on the child, which is just over a year old when the incident happened, can only be caused by having high-temperature items pressed down on her skin.

Local media said that before the incident, Lising tried to borrow money from her employer twice, but was turned down.