Singapore mum accused of baby’s murder to have more psychiatric tests: The mother suspected of murdering her 17-month-old baby who was found floating in the waters near Bedok Jetty in Singapore last month will be remanded for another two weeks for further psychiatric assessment at Changi Women’s Prison, according to reports.
The forty-four-year-old mother, Lim Ann Nee, was charged with murdering her baby son, Emilien Lacroix.
Lim was herself rescued out of the sea off East Coast Park by the Police Coast Guard (PCG) at around 6pm on November 25 of this year.
The body of her 17-month-old son Emilien was discovered floating some 300 meters from Bedok Jetty about three hours later, after having been spotted by a passenger in a passing boat.
Authorities believe the crime was committed sometime between 3pm and 6pm on November 25 in the sea off the East Coast Park.
Present in court for the short hearing on Tuesday were about 20 family members and friends, including Lim’s husband, according to Channel News Asia.
Lim had already been ordered last week to undergo psychiatric evaluation for one week.
Her attorney, Mr. Anand Nalachandran, asked the court on Tuesday to ensure that this was to be the final extension of custody.
District Judge Eddy Tham said that he would write to the Institute of Mental Health, asking its psychiatrists to expedite the assessment.
Lim’s case will be mentioned again on January 7.
Mr. Nalachandran requested that he be allowed a few minutes to speak with his client, which the judge granted.
The attorney also requested that Lim’s husband and brother be allowed to speak to her at the lock-up of the Subordinate Courts on Havelock Road, which the judge also permitted.
Mr. Lacroix declined to comment when he was approached by reporters.
Lim had reportedly lost her job recently, which was with a technology firm.
If she is convicted of murder, she faces the death penalty.