Maryani stood expressionless in the dock as an Indonesian interpreter read her charge out to her.
District Judge Christopher Goh granted the police prosecutor's request to remand her for a week, with permission to be taken out for investigations.
The case will be mentioned again on May 17.
Maryani was arrested after Richelle was found unconscious by her father at home on Sunday morning with bruises on her neck and head.
The girl's lips had reportedly turned purple, and she was pronounced dead in hospital just after 10am.
Maryani was not at home when the toddler was found unconscious as it was her day off, reported Chinese evening daily Lianhe Wanbao. She had reportedly been out since 8am.
Police arrested Maryani in the Marina Bay Area later that day.
She was taken back to the Housing Board flat by investigators on Monday.
She is believed to have worked for the family for more than a year. It was her first job in Singapore.
Richelle's family were at the mortuary on Monday to identify her body, reported evening daily Shin Min Daily News. They included her parents, elder brother, aunt and grandparents.
Richelle had reportedly celebrated her first birthday just five days before her death.
This article was first published on May 10, 2016.
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