Dubai A maid has been accused of molesting a four-year-old child while changing his diaper, a court heard on Monday.

The child’s Tunisian mother noticed her son complaining of severe pain in his rectum so she removed his diaper and left him with his shorts in March. Once he continued complaining of pain and pointed at his anus, the mother found redness on his backside, according to records, before he told her that the 33-year-old Filipina maid had caused him the pain.

The next day the mother overheard her boy telling his grandmother that the maid had pushed her finger inside his rectum.

Records said the mother took her son to a hospital where he was examined by a paediatrician, who told her that her son had been molested.

The mother reported the matter to the police that apprehended the Filipina maid.

Prosecutors accused the 33-year-old suspect of molesting the boy.

The Filipina suspect pleaded not guilty when she appeared before the Dubai Court of First Instance on Monday.

“No I didn’t do so,” she told presiding judge Urfan Omar.

The suspect’s lawyer asked the court to adjourn the case until he prepares his defence argument.

The Tunisian mother told prosecutors that the incident happened when she had asked her maid to change the diaper for her son.

“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. 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. Two days later, I went with my mother and son to the spa, where I overheard my son telling his grandmother that the suspect pushed her finger in his anus. I checked his rectum and realised that he had bruises … so I took him to the hospital where a paediatrician told me that he had been molested,” she claimed to prosecutors.

The boy was cited as telling prosecutors that the suspect caused him severe pain.

The court reconvenes on July 2.