Five nabbed over custody of baby

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  • Sunday, 10 May 2020

ARAU: A nurse’s routine check-up on a newborn baby led to the arrest of five people for allegedly falsifying documents pertaining to the custody of the child.

The five arrested were locals – two men and three women – aged 30 to 58.

Arau OCPD Supt Nanda Ma’arof said police received a report from the Social Welfare Department (JKM) that a nurse had failed to locate the three-month-old baby during a routine check-up at the family home in Taman Desa Pauh here on Tuesday.

“When questioned by JKM officials, the 30-year-old mother failed to explain the whereabouts of the baby and tried to conceal the baby’s identity, ” he said.

Supt Nanda said investigation showed that the baby had been handed over to a couple from Penang through the mother’s aunt on Thursday.

Further investigation found that the couple had registered the baby as their biological child in Alor Setar, he added.

All the suspects, he said, were remanded for two days from yesterday for further investigation and the case was being investigated under Section 48 (2) of the Child Act 2001. — Bernama

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