Crime & Courts

Sisters rescued after alleged abuse by mother and boyfriend

MUAR: Two sisters have been successfully rescued after being allegedly abused by their mother and her boyfriend in a house on Meriam Street here, at the end of last month.

The victims, aged five and six, are suspected to have been beaten with a cane, leaving their bodies bruised and with visible marks.

The Muar district police chief, Assistant Commissioner Raiz Mukhliz Azman Aziz said the incident occurred between Sept 16 and 26, allegedly perpetrated by their 36-year-old mother and her 38-year-old boyfriend.

He said the incident came to light when the biological father of the victims filed a report at the Muar district police headquarters (IPD) regarding the incident.

"Following the report, a team of officers from the Criminal Investigation Division of the Muar IPD rushed to the couple's house and arrested them on the afternoon of Sept 29.

"The male suspect is a local resident, while the mother of the victims is not a citizen. The investigation also revealed that the female suspect no longer lived with her husband but instead with the male suspect," he said when contacted.

Raiz said an examination of the siblings revealed injuries, which is believed to have been caused by a cane. The incident is believed to have occurred at their mother's house.

He said the two siblings were then taken to Sultanah Fatimah Muar Specialist Hospital for further treatment.

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

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