KUALA LUMPUR: A 31-year-old man, who was arrested for allegedly abusing his girlfriend's daughter, has been remanded for seven days, says Comm Datuk Mohd Shuhaily Mohd Zain.
The City police chief said the suspect was detained under Section 31(1)(a) of the Child Act 2001.
"He has 13 criminal records, including seven in drug-related offences.
"The suspect has been remanded until June 15," he told a press conference at the Kuala Lumpur police headquarters here on Friday (June 9).
Mohd Shuhaily said the suspect also tested positive for drugs.
"The victim, two, and her 18-year-old mother have been staying with the suspect since two months ago.
"It is not far-fetched to say that the suspect took it to the extreme, causing various injuries to the child," he said.
The victim is still being treated at Hospital Kuala Lumpur, Comm Shuhaily revealed.
"She will be handed over to the Welfare Department once her treatment is completed," he added.
It was reported that a toddler suffered a bruised lip, swollen eye sockets and swollen back after being allegedly abused by her mother's lover.
Wangsa Maju deputy OCPD Deputy Supt D. Saralathan had said police was alerted of the incident around 5.05pm on Wednesday (June 7)
He said the suspect was believed to have abused the girl at a flat unit in Setapak before sending her back to a relative living nearby.