KUALA LUMPUR, June 9 — The local male suspect who allegedly abused a 23-month-old baby girl at the Desa Rejang public housing in Setapak has 13 criminal records, said Kuala Lumpur police chief Datuk Mohd Shuhaily Mohd Zain.
The suspect had been convicted for various criminal and drug offences, with one case still pending in Lanchang, Pahang, for investigations under Section 42 of the Penal Code.
“The baby’s mother is an 18-year-old Muslim convert, and has been living with the suspect for two months.
“During the period, both mother and child were locked up in separate rooms by the suspect,“ he told a press conference at the Kuala Lumpur police contingent headquarters (IPK) earlier today.
Mohd Shuhaily said the victim, being quite an active child, was beaten and locked up for making too much noise.
The suspect tried to teach the baby to be quiet but failed, and started to take extreme measures.
“The suspect is in possession of someone else’s identity card and had failed to produce his,” he said, adding a urine test found him positive for amphetamine and methamphetamine and is now on a seven-day remand.
Mohd Shuhaily said the motive of the incident is still under investigation, though the suspect stated he hit the little girl because she was making too much noise.
The Sexual, Women and Child Investigation Division (D11) of IPK Kuala Lumpur has opened an investigation paper under Section 31(1)(a) of the Child Act 2001, Regulation 25(2) of the National Registration Act, as well as Section 15 (1) Dangerous Drugs Act 1952.
Yesterday, the 31-year-old suspect was detained at an apartment in Taman Kepong Indah.
Subsequently, the public with any information on the case was urged to contact the Kuala Lumpur Police Hotline at 03-21159999 or go to the nearest police station.