Adoptive father held for child abuse


Abuse weapon: ACP Arifai holding up the cane believed to have been used to abuse a six-year-old in an apartment block in Kepong.

GOMBAK: A six-year-old boy endured harsh punishment from his adoptive father for misbehaving until a concerned member of the public and police stepped in.

Gombak OPCD Asst Comm Arifai Tarawe said police received information about the abuse from an anonymous caller at about 7.50pm last Saturday.

“The man told police that he suspects a child is being abused at an apartment block in Kepong.

“When police went to investigate, they found a boy with cane marks on his body, ” he said.

The boy was brought to Hospital Selayang where doctors found old and new injuries, including bruises and scratches on his limbs and face.

Police have arrested the boy’s 36-year-old adoptive father.

The suspect is said to have caned the boy for being naughty. Police are investigating how long this has been going on.

It is learnt that the suspect is the boy’s uncle who is married with no children. The boy’s biological parents had placed him under the care of this uncle.

The suspect has been detained until March 19 to help in investigations.

The case is being investigated under Section 31 of the Child’s Act for ill-treatment, neglect, abandonment or exposure of children.

On another matter, police issued summonses to four youngsters, aged between 12 and 15, who are believed to be basikal lajak (modified bicycle) enthusiasts after they were found to be recklessly riding in Jalan Bidara, Bandar Baru Selayang, on Sunday.

“There were initially seven in the group but three managed to get away. They were pulling dangerous stunts and also ran a red light.”

Their bicycles have been impounded as evidence.

“We have also called in their parents, ” said ACP Arifai.

In a separate case, police arrested a homeless man who is suspected of stealing and stripping vehicles for parts.

ACP Arifai said the 34-year-old man was arrested on March 12 at Prima Selayang after police saw him riding a motorcycle in a suspicious manner.

“It was found that the motorcycle he had been using was reported stolen the same day, ” he said.

The suspect later led police to areas where he had hidden other stolen vehicles, including a four-wheel-drive vehicle at an apartment block in Wangsa Permai that was reported stolen last month.

The case is being investigated under Section 379A of the Penal Code for vehicle theft.

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