Crime & Courts

Sisters, aged 5 and 6, rescued in suspected abuse case in Muar

MUAR: Two young sisters were rescued after suspected of being abuse by their mother and her boyfriend in an incident at a house in Jalan Meriam here, at the end of last month.

The girls, aged five and six, were allegedly abused using a cane resulting in bruises and marks on their bodies.

Muar police chief Assistant Commissioner Raiz Mukhliz Azman Aziz said the incident occurred between Sept 16 and 26, and was believed to have been orchestrated by the victim's 36-year-old mother and her 38-year-old boyfriend.

He said the incident came to light when the girl's father lodged a report at the Muar police headquarters.

"Following the report, police from Muar Criminal Investigations Department rushed to the couple's house and arrested them at 2.30pm on Sept 29.

"The male suspect is a local citizen, while the victims' mother is not a citizen. Investigations also found that the mother is living with her boyfriend and no longer lives with her husband," he said when contacted.

Raiz Mukhliz said an examination on the sisters found bruises believed to be as a result of them being beaten with a cane. The incident was believed to have happened at the mother's house.

The victims were taken to the Sultanah Fatimah Specialist Hospital, Muar for further treatment.

"Both suspects have been remanded until this Friday to assist investigation under Section 31(1)(a) of the Child Act 2001," he said.

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