Crime & Courts

Police intensify search for mum of abused infant whose body remains unclaimed at HSA

JOHOR BARU: The body of a 9-month-old infant, believed to be a victim of abused, remains unclaimed at the Sultanah Aminah Hospital (HSA) mortuary while police intensify efforts to locate the baby's Vietnamese mother.

Police suspect the baby girl was abused based on the post-mortem examination report which stated that the infant had various injuries.

Johor Baru (North) police chief Assistant Commissioner Balveer Singh confirmed that the infant was not sexually abused but had injuries consistent with physical abuse.

On Thursday, two foreign women and a local man brought the infant, who was in critical condition, to HSA.

She succumbed to her injuries some eight hours later, in the wee hours of Friday morning.

Balveer said five suspects in police custody today had their remand order extended until May 5.

"Investigations revealed that one of the five suspects in custody had attempted to seek medical attention for the infant at a clinic prior to HSA.

"The body of the vicim had external injuries, which indicated foul play, while the post-mortem report determined she died of the injuries she sustained," he said.

He added that all five suspects did not have previous criminal records, but one of the two foreign women tested positive for drugs.

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