A maid whose employer's four-year-old son needed hospital treatment after she pushed him against a wall was given a suspended sentence yesterday after the magistrate said the child had contributed to his own misfortune. Armi Dayot Palmer, 22, who could not cope with the boy's boisterous behaviour, was given a six-month term suspended for two years. Douglas Lake was left with his head bleeding and injuries to his neck and arm which needed hospital treatment. But Magistrate James Lee Chung-yin told Palmer: 'I accept the child has to some extent contributed to his own misfortune, and the fact that you have to go back to the Philippines and lose your employment is part of your punishment.' After the hearing, Douglas' father, William Lake, criticised the magistrate's failure to impose a custodial sentence or a fine. 'She did not lose any money or any time. I would try to appeal against her punishment, which I don't think is any punishment at all,' he said. Decorating company boss Mr Lake, a father of two, warned parents to take extra care when hiring maids to look after their children. Palmer pleaded guilty to assaulting Douglas, causing him actual bodily harm at his Sai Kung home on May 6. She acted out of frustration and pushed the boy down so his head struck the wall, Eastern Court heard. Her lawyer described the child as 'boisterous' and said he was particularly naughty that day, shouting in the dining room and jumping from one sofa to another. The boy suffered neck injuries, mild swelling to the side of his head and multiple bruises and abrasions to his left arm according to a medical report by the Prince of Wales Hospital where he was admitted after the incident. Palmer, responsible for baby-sitting for Douglas and his infant sister and doing household chores, began to work for the Lakes in January. Her lawyer said: 'She has no training or previous experience and lacks the temperament to take care of children. She was extremely distraught after the accident.' The magistrate told the maid: 'You've really done a bad job. Parents entrust children to a domestic helper and expect them to be well taken care of.' Mr Lake said his wife had to quit her job because his son was scared of other maids.