Alleged Blackmailer Of Dying Baby's Parents To Spend Two Months In Custody
A woman will spend the next two months in custody after being accused of blackmailing the Melbourne parents of a dying baby over their stolen phone.
Siti Nurhidayah Kamal, 24, is charged with blackmail after shattered parents Jay and Dee Windross alleged she tried to get them to pay $1000 for the return of the phone, which contained the couple's only images of their terminally ill 11-month-old, Amiyah.
Kamal was charged two days after Amiyah died, last Wednesday.
The parents had made a public plea for the return of the Samsung Galaxy S8, taken from a bathroom at Chadstone Shopping Centre in Melbourne's southeast on April 20.
"Our 11 month daughter is currently deteriorating in ICU and is in her last days with us and this phone holds all our memories of her," Jay Windross wrote on Facebook.
He added the phone "means more than money to us. This is worth life to us", and offered a cash reward for its return.
But later Windross wrote they had been contacted by someone who claimed to have the phone and wanted $1000 for its return.
"It was a hoax! Not only was it a complete and utter waste of my time, it was interrupting my final moments with Amiyah," a shattered Windross said in another Facebook post.
Kamal faced Melbourne Magistrates Court via video link on Tuesday.
It was her first time in custody and a bail application the day before had been denied.
She sat with her hands clasped, speaking through a Malaysian interpreter to confirm her next court appearance on July 8.
Jay and Dee Windross were not in court but said on Sunday the phone remained missing.