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CCTV footage of a domestic helper violently beating up a 96-year-old woman who she was supposed to take care of had gone viral, with the online community outraged by the physical abuse dished out by the helper.
The old woman was bedridden, had kidney problems, diabetes and was showing symptoms of dementia when she was left in the hands of a domestic helper by her daughter who had to go to work.
When the daughter came back from work to check on the CCTV camera she installed at her mother’s room, she was shocked to discover that the old woman was getting brutally beaten up by the hired helper.
She then immediately went to the police to show them the disturbing video.
The security footage shows the domestic helper beating up the old woman by repeatedly hitting her with her elbow, slapping her on the head, and pressing her head into the pillow. The daughter also found bruises on the body of her beloved mother.
The helper, 25-year-old Murni Panengsih, pleaded guilty to her crimes and was sentenced to 10 months in prison.
Netizens were outraged by the actions of the helper and the 10-month sentence given to her.
“10 months only??!! After 10 months she can go to another place through a new agency and start bullying another poor old man/lady,” a netizen posted.
Most online users said that the domestic helper deserved a harsher penalty for what she did to the old woman.
“Should have deported her and black listed her,” an online user said.
Several netizens said that it is always difficult to leave loved ones in the care of strangers and that installing security cameras could help prevent these kinds of abuses.
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