Grandmother wants custody of abused boy

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PETALING JAYA: The grandmother of the three-year-old boy, who was allegedly forced to smoke syabu in a car in Sungai Petani, wants to claim custody of her grandson.

“I promise, I’ll look after him until the day I die,” the 53-year-old woman said at her home in Ladang Harvard, Bedong, Kedah, yesterday.

She said she did not want her grandson to be cared for by undeserving people, reported The Star.

On Tuesday, video clips purportedly showing a boy being forced to smoke syabu had gone viral on social media.

The boy is now being warded at Sultan Abdul Halim Hospital in Sungai Petani, pending investigations from the police and the state welfare department.

The grandmother said she had not seen her grandson for the past three months.

She said the boy’s father works as a cleaner in Singapore.

Kedah CID chief SAC Mior Faridalathrash Wahid said police had picked up a man at the hospital yesterday.

“We are investigating the case under Section 31(1)(a) of the Child Act 2001 for neglect and exposure of a child to physical injury,” he said.

Kedah Social Welfare director Md Noor Chik said the boy was in good health.

“After being discharged, the boy will be placed under the department’s temporary custody. He will be handed over to an eligible family once police have completed their investigations,” he said.