Crime & Courts

Remand extended for suspect in toddler drugging case [NSTTV]

KOTA BARU: Police have obtained an extension for the remand order against a suspected drug addict to further probe how a three-year-old boy ended up with drugs in his system.

The five-day extension, issued by the Kuala Krai courts, will end on June 30.

Kelantan acting police chief, Datuk Muhamad Zaki Harun, said the extension will enable police to carry out a through probe into the case.

"Our investigation will include determining how the drugs entered the boy's system," he told a press conference here today.

He said the case is being investigated under three sections, including Section 31(1)(a) of the Child Act 2001 for abandoning, neglecting or exposing a child to danger and causing/or to cause the child him/her physical or emotional injury.

The 30-year-old man was arrested last Sunday, the same day police received a report on the incident.

He was earlier remanded for a week to assist police investigations into the case.

The boy, who hailed from Kampung Sri Bintang near Dabong, Kuala Krai, was warded at Raja Perempuan Zainab II Hospital in critical condition.

He was later transferred to Kuala Krai Hospital after showing signs of improvement.

It was learnt that the boy now suffers from drug toxicity, which occurs when a person's body has accumulated too many prescription drugs in the bloodstream.

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