Parents nabbed after child dies of abuse, neglect

KUALA LUMPUR: Police have arrested the parents of a six-year-old girl, a suspected victim of child abuse and neglect, who died at Hospital Tunku Azizah (HTA) last Saturday.

City police chief Comm Datuk Allaudeen Abdul Majid said the couple, in their 30s, has been remanded from Dec 6–16 to help in the investigation under Section 31(1)(a) of the Child Act 2001 for ill-treatment, neglect, abandonment or exposure of children.

“The child’s father works as a p-hailing rider, whereas her mother is a housewife.

“The couple also have two other children, aged three and seven, who are in good health and have been handed over to the Social Welfare Department for temporary care,” he told reporters after the inauguration ceremony of the Setiawangsa police station by Bukit Aman Crime Prevention and Community Safety Department director Comm Datuk Seri Aidi Ismail, Bernama reported.

Last Saturday, the girl was reported to have died while receiving treatment at HTA and was believed to have been abused and neglected by her babysitter in a flat in Bandar Tun Razak.

The post-mortem results showed the victim, born prematurely, had several health issues and died from malnutrition.

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