SIBU: Fast action by the police resulted in the arrest of a man who had grabbed his one-year girl and run away, allegedly while under the influence of drugs.
Sibu Deputy OCPD Supt Martin Koo said the police were fortunate to be at the location to arrest the 30-year old suspect before he could escape with the girl.
He said that the suspect was under the influence of drugs at the time of the incident.
"In a haste to elude arrest, the suspect dropped the girl who fell to the ground and sustained injuries," he said, adding that the girl was admitted to the hospital for her injuries.
Supt Martin said the girl's stepmother had made a distress call to the police at 9.30am on Tuesday (May 28), saying that the suspect – who is her boyfriend – had locked himself in a room with the girl in their rented house on Jalan Lada here.
"The woman heard the girl crying and tried to open the door but it was locked from inside," he added.
The police then rushed to the scene.
Martin said the investigation also found that the girl is the suspect's daughter from a previous marriage.
"The case will be investigated under Section 31(1) of the Child Act," he added.