Hyperactive child dies, could be abused by caregiver

Chief Police of Kuala Lumpur Datuk Saiful Azly Kamaruddin during a news conference at the Kuala Lumpur Police Contingent Headquarters. PIX: FAREEZ FADZIL / MalaysiaGazette / 18 DECEMBER 2020. hyperactive child dies abused by caregiver baby sitter nanny
Chief Police of Kuala Lumpur Datuk Saiful Azly Kamaruddin during a news conference at the Kuala Lumpur Police Contingent Headquarters.PIX: FAREEZ FADZIL / MalaysiaGazette / 18 DECEMBER 2020.

By Kasthuri Jeevendran

KUALA LUMPUR – The police do not reject the possibility that a girl was abused to death by her caregiver as she was hyperactive.

The 61-year-old baby sitter was charged at the court under Section 31(1) of the Child Act for ill-treatment, neglect and abuse of the child.

The Kuala Lumpur Police Chief, Datuk Saiful Azly Kamaruddin said that the victim was send to the suspect by her father since September 2019 as he had to work in Vietnam and could not return to Malaysia due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Meanwhile, the mother of the victim had ditched her and ran away since she was a kid.

“On 2 January, the Sentul IPD received a complaint from a neighbour at a condominium that a child is unconscious. When our team arrived, we found that the victim has died and there were bruises on her.

“Police investigation also found that the victim was taken care by the 61-year-old caregiver. The suspect also live with two of her sons aged 22 and 34 who work as a restaurant manager and designer.

“The care investigation was referred to the Deputy Public Prosecutor’s Office and the charges were framed under Section 31(1)(a) of the Children Act 2001 because the victim sustained physical injuries.

“Upon conviction, she could be fined up to RM20,000 or imprisoned for a period of not more than ten years or both,” he said.

Saiful Azly also expressed his regret on the incident which the suspect is believed to have abused the victim as she could not stand the hyperactive child.

Examinations found scratches and bruises on the body and legs of the victim.

Meanwhile, Saiful Azly also urged the public to be on alert, have concerns on their neighbours, and provide information on abuse or crime by contacting the police hotline at 03-21159999.

“Although there is a saying of mind your own business, there are things we need to be always on alert, especially crimes like abuse.

“The police is grateful to the fast action of the neighbour who contacted and provided information about the child,” he said. –MalaysiaGazette

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