The mother of a 19 month old infant hospitalised with bruises and abrasions was remanded in custody for two days on Wednesday as police investigate a suspected case of family violence.
The bruising is some 20 days old, the court heard.
Labour Minister Zeta Emilianidou has meanwhile ordered an investigation amid reports that the family was being monitored by social services.
The mother, who is a foreign national, was arrested yesterday when during questioning at Limassol police station regarding an unrelated case, officers noticed signs of bruising and neglect on the infant.
The little boy was examined by forensic pathologists and then transferred to Makarios Hospital where he was admitted for treatment.
The mother appeared in court to be remanded in custody yesterday. She asked for a lawyer and the case was postponed to today.
Her Greek Cypriot partner and father of the child, who was being sought by police, turned up in court to see her and was arrested. He also appeared in court for a remand today but this was refused because 24 hours since his arrest had already passed.
Both the mother and father are expected to be charged on Friday.
In court today, police said the child had bruising, abrasions, blows and the imprints of fingers on the cheek. There were also signs of skin lesions on the head, the face, the chest and the stomach which were not recent but some 20 days old.
The Labour Minister has meanwhile asked to be briefed on how social workers had handled the issue. She also asked for the family’s file.