4-Year-Old Died from Suspected Child Abuse

8 January 2009
Kuala Lumpur

A 4-year-old boy has died at the Selayang Hospital yesterday morning after his mother had brought him there. It is believed that he was physically abused for three months by his mother’s boyfriend.

The boy was sent to the hospital at 5am after he was reportedly having fits. The mother’s boyfriend and a few neighbours from his house in Taman Sejatera, Kepong, accompanied them to the hospital as well. The boy was pronounced dead an hour into treatment there.

Police said that there were bruises on his body and strangulation marks on his neck. The 29-year-old mother has been arrested after police have recorded statements from her, her family members and some neighbours. The mother’s boyfriend has since gone missing and is wanted by the police.

It is learnt that the mother and her 7-year-old daughter had been living with the boyfriend and his mother for the past three months. The mother is separated from her husband and works as a hypermarket salesgirl.

The Star Online – Abused four-year-old boy dies
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New Straits Times Online – 4-year-old suspected abuse victim dies
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