A 35-year-old mother initially given eight years in jail by the High Court had her term extended to 14 years and six months in July 2017 after the Court of Appeal won permission from Singapore’s parliament to issue harsher punishments.

Previously the court heard that Noraidah Mohd Yussof was a mother who had brutally beaten her son – just a toddler – between March 2012 and August 2014, The Straits Times reported on Thursday.

The mother vented anger and frustration on her boy, then four years old, because he could not recite the numbers 11 to 18 in Malay language correctly.

She punished him by stepping on him and pushing him to the ground repeatedly. He was grabbed by the neck, pushed against a wall and then let fall to the floor. The abuse was so bad it led to the young boy’s death.

Yussof pleaded guilty to two charges of causing grievous hurt and four charges of ill-treating a child. She initially received an eight-year jail term from the High Court.

But the Appeal Court got permission from Parliament to increase the prescribed maximum penalty by 1.5 times for certain offenses against children and young people, amid concern that youngsters are vulnerable to abuse and need to be protected.

That allowed the court to extend the woman’s sentence to 14 years and six months in prison.