GEORGE TOWN: A couple have gone into hiding after their daughter was taken to hospital on Friday with scalding wounds on the right side of her body.
Initial investigation revealed that the eight-year-old child was scalded with hot water by her 41-year-old father, who had accused the girl of stealing RM10 from her mother, in their Kampung Melayu flat here on Thursday night.
Northeast district police chief Assistant Commissioner Che Zaimani Che Awang said a 32-year-old neighbour, who was alerted to the incident by another neighbour, had gone to the victim’s house and found her with scalding wounds.
He said the neighbour then took the girl to the Air Itam police station to lodge a report. Police then called an ambulance to send the girl to the hospital.
“Doctors found scalding wounds below her right arm, right rib and the side of her right chest.
“However, there is no need for any plastic surgery as the burnt were only three per cent. The child is in a stable condition and able to communicate,” he said.
Che Zaimani said according to the neighbour, the girl is the second of four siblings. The rest are boys aged three, six, and nine.
“We were told that the siblings are often abandoned by their parents, and often wandered without adult supervision.
“We have yet to take the victim’s statement as she is still under anaesthetic influence,” he added.
He said the victim’s father had since gone missing with his wife.
“Checks at their house and workplace showed they were nowhere to be seen,” he said.
The case is being investigated under Section 31(1)(a) of the Child Act 2001.