A maid who faked the kidnapping of a four-year-old boy in her care wept as she was jailed for more than three years yesterday. 'I can't think of a greater trust than to give care of a child to someone else,' Deputy Judge Colin Jackson said. 'That trust was breached. She most cruelly used it against her employers.' The judge said he had taken into consideration 'the number of families in this community who entrust their children to the daily care of others'. 'It must be made clear if that trust is abused in any way a lengthy term of imprisonment is inevitable,' he said. Elvira Mariano Nunez, 20, was jailed for three years and four months. She pleaded guilty to blackmail. The maid claimed her cash-strapped aunt had pressured her into swindling her employers out of $200,000 in ransom money. Nunez is married to a soldier in the Philippines and is the mother of a two-year-old boy. Her employers spoke highly of her in court, describing Nunez as 'a cheerful, energetic person'. On August 25 last year she phoned Lee Lai-king, 32, and said she and the child, Jeffrey, had been abducted by three Pakistani men. She claimed their abductors wanted $200,000. The couple paid the ransom, and Nunez and the child returned to the family's Shamshuipo home 4.5 hours later. Defence barrister Paul Loughran said the child was unaware anything was amiss.