KUALA LUMPUR: A relative locked in a custody battle over a four-year-old girl here has refused to return the child, alleging that she had been molested by her father and grandparents.
The 58-year-old grandaunt, who was caring for the child during police investigation in the molest case, claimed to have discovered the alleged sexual abuse.
Although a police report was made, the alleged molesters were brought in for questioning by police and later released.
The custody case is set to be heard in court on June 6.
In a press conference organised by Teratai assemblyman Tiew Way Keng Tuesday, the grandaunt said she had visited her sister and her family in Kulai on the first day of the Chinese New Year on Feb 10.
She claimed that the girl, who was staying with them, had begged her to take her back to Kuala Lumpur, to which the grandparents agreed.
A few days later, the grandaunt claimed that the girl complained of pain in her private parts while urinating, adding that a medical check-up at a hospital confirmed she had been sexually abused.
The grandaunt said statements taken from the girl by both the police and the Welfare Department revealed her father and grandparents had sexually assaulted her.
The grandaunt said a court order was issued granting her temporary custody of the girl pending further investigation.
It is learnt that the girl's father, 22, had recently been released from prison.
The grandaunt, who is the sister of the child's paternal grandmother, claimed that the father was only 17 years old when his wife, 15, gave birth to the four-year-old.
"Two months later, her mother ran away," she said.
The grandaunt also alleged the suspects had also assaulted her.