A 4-year-old girl dies after suspected abuse

A 4-year-old girl dies after suspected abuse

BATU PAHAT: A four-year-old girl died at the Sultanah Nora Ismail Hospital here yesterday, after she was believed to have been abused by her minder.

Batu Pahat district police chief ACP Azhan Abdul Halim said, following the death of the child at 7.15am, police detained a 33-year-old woman and her 41-year-old husband to assist in the investigation.

He said preliminary investigations revealed that the victim’s six-year-old brother was also believed to have been abused with bruises found on his body.

“The police managed to save the victim’s brother who is currently being treated at the same hospital and an examination found he is in stable condition,” Azhan said in a statement.

He said the case was being investigated under Section 302 of the Penal Code for murder and Section 31 (1) of the Child Act 2001 for abuse.

It is understood the mother of the two children, who is a single parent, left them in the care of the childminder as she had to work.

Bernama