A 33-year-old Filipino domestic worker in Dubai has pleaded not guilty to molesting a four-year-old boy under her care by pushing her finger inside his anus after she was asked to change his diaper.

The Dubai Court of First Instance was told on Monday that the child complained to his Tunisian-born mother that he felt pain in his anus after the diaper had been changed in March, Gulf News reported.

“My son came to me and complained of pain in his backside … I removed his diaper and left him in his shorts to go to sleep. He told me that the pain was still there … when I checked his backside there was redness,” the mother told the court.

“When I asked him about the redness, he told me that the suspect caused it to him. I didn’t bother much so I applied some baby cream and put him to bed.”

However, a few days later the maid’s employer overheard her son telling his grandmother that the domestic worker had pushed her finger inside his anus. “I checked and realised that he had bruises … so I took him to the hospital where a paediatrician told me that he had been molested,” the mother testified.

The mother reported the incident to the police, who took the domestic worker into custody. On Monday she denied the accusations. “No, I didn’t do so,” the woman told presiding judge Urfan Omar.

The trial will continue on July 2.