S'pore man throws own baby at police officers while fleeing, gets caught & jailed

The baby was caught by one of the officers, and was not injured.

Nigel Chua | July 26, 2021, 07:08 PM

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A 40-year-old fled from a police post with his two-month-old daughter in his arms, after sensing that officers realised he was a wanted man who had previously failed to turn up for a drug-related urine test.

Officers did not manage to stop him as he barged out, and did not use force on the man out of concern for the baby's safety.

This led them to chase him on foot from the Hong Kah North Neighbourhood Police Post.

As the man fled, he threw his baby at one of the officers.

The officer managed to catch the baby and pass her to a colleague, and continued the chase.

The man was later caught, while the baby was uninjured, CNA reported.

Went to police post to report traffic accident

According to CNA, the man had gone to the police post to report a traffic accident involving his company van, on Jan. 18, 2020.

He was with his wife and children at the time.

When the officer attending to him checked his particulars, they found that the man was wanted for failing to report for a urine test in July 2019, while on a two-year drug supervision order, which started in December 2018.

The officer then discreetly called for backup, and continued helping the man with his accident report.

But the man began to suspect that the officers were on to him, and when more officers arrived, he fled the police post with his daughter.

In court on July 26, the man pleaded guilty to various charges, including one for endangering the safety of a child, and was sentenced to 17 months' jail.

Due to a gag order protecting the victim's identity, the man cannot be named.

The man's other charges were for failing to present himself for a urine test while under a supervision order, and voluntarily causing hurt to someone with whom he was in an intimate relationship.

CNA reported that the man's third offence of voluntarily causing hurt took place past midnight on Jan. 22, 2021, around a year after the incident where he fled the police station.

Then, he had been drinking at home and entered his bedroom while intoxicated.

His wife asked him to drink in the living room instead, as she and the children were sleeping, and the couple began to argue.

According to CNA, the man slapped his wife four to six times, punched her head twice, and pushed her cheek, causing her head to hit the metal frame of a sofa.

This took place in front of the couple's children.

In the midst of this, the woman managed to call the police even as the man tried to take her phone away.

Police officers were dispatched to the scene after the operator heard commotion in the background over the phone.

In court, the prosecutor highlighted that the man was intoxicated in the last incident and had committed domestic violence when unprovoked.

The man was unrepresented, but reportedly said in mitigation that he had learned his lesson and would not do it again, according to CNA.

He also said that he yearned to hold his child.

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