School staff suspect dead boy was abused

KUANTAN: The staff of a primary school here had noticed signs of injury on a 10-year-old pupil prior to his death.

A school staff member said from the time the boy was transferred to the school in 2016, they suspected that he had been abused.

“We heard from the previous school about certain circumstances surrounding the boy, so we kept an eye on him.

“We did notice old wounds on his body and we asked his mother about it.

“But she denied ever beating him,” he said when commenting on the victim, who reportedly died at his home here on Monday.

The staff member said the boy was a diligent pupil who always did well in his studies.

“It’s heartbreaking to hear what happened to him,” he said, adding that the school had cooperated with police investigations into the case.

On Monday, the 29-year-old mother had called Hospital Tengku Amp­uan Afzan, saying her son had fallen unconscious for about an hour.

An ambulance was sent to her house in Permatang Badak here, but paramedics found that the victim was already lifeless.

A doctor at the hospital lodged a police report after discovering signs of injuries and bruises on the body.

Pahang police chief Comm Datuk Seri Rosli Ab Rahman said the boy’s parents had been remanded for a week to assist in investigations.

He revealed that the mother had been detained by police in 2016 under suspicion of abusing her child, but she was later released.

“The case was classified as ‘No Further Action’ by the deputy public prosecutor, probably due to lack of evidence,” he was reported as saying at the Pahang police’s Hari Raya open house here.

A post-mortem revealed that the boy died from bleeding in the oesophagus.

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