MUM, CHIL­DREN NABBED FOR AL­LEGEDLY ABUS­ING STEPKIDS

Nurse dis­cov­ers cuts, bruises and burn marks on girls’ bod­ies

New Straits Times - - News - SHAMSUL KA­MAL AMARUDIN AND NOR RAIDAH AWANG SELAMA news@nst.com.my

A44-YEAR-OLD woman, along with her 15-yearold-daugh­ter and 16year-old son, were ar­rested on Mon­day for al­legedly abus­ing her adopted daugh­ters, aged 5 and 6, in Kam­pung Anak Rambu­tan, Sun­gai Bayor here.

The abuse came to light when a nurse from Sun­gai Bayor Health Clinic found cuts and bruises, as well as ci­garette burns on the chil­dren’s bod­ies, dur­ing a health check at the kinder­garten they at­tended.

Fur­ther checks re­vealed pinch marks and cuts on their pri­vate parts.

Dis­trict po­lice chief Deputy Supt Loo Lian Lai said the nurse also found scars of old in­juries on the palm of the 5-year-old and the back of the other girl, be­lieved to be from can­ing.

“The girls are trau­ma­tised. It is learnt that they were pre­vi­ously un­der the care of the Wel­fare Depart­ment and were adopted by the woman in May 2015.

“The vic­tims were brought to Selama Hos­pi­tal be­fore be­ing re­ferred to Taip­ing Hos­pi­tal for checks by spe­cial­ists,” he said, adding that the three had been re­manded un­til Sun­day.

The fam­ily’s neigh­bour, who wanted to be known only as Ami­nah, was shocked over the news, say­ing that she did not know the woman well.

“The fam­ily had just moved in dur­ing Ra­madan and did not min­gle with the vil­lagers. I heard that they have adopted chil­dren but I don’t know the de­tails.”

PIC COUR­TESY OF ROYAL MALAYSIA PO­LICE

Ci­garette burn marks can be seen on the body of one of the chil­dren.

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