Police investigating when alleged abuse of Air Itam siblings began

Published date28 May 2022
Publication titleMalay Mail Online

The mother and grandaunt who were arrested yesterday on suspicion of abusing a three- and five-year-old will be remanded in police custody at the Bayan Baru central lock-up till May 31.

Northeast Penang district police chief, Soffian Santong, said the women, aged 28 and 52, worked at different places in the district as restaurant helpers.

He said the 28-year-old woman was a divorcée and that her children were living with her and her 52-year-old aunt.

'We are investigating when the suspected abuse started,' he said today while referring to Section 31(1)(a) of the Child Act 2001 which carries a penalty of up to 10 years in prison, a fine of up to RM20,000 or both.

Yesterday, the local women...

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