Dad, stepmum remanded after death of boy, 5, due to suspected abuse

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JOHOR BAHRU: A couple were remanded for a week today after the death of a five-year-old boy, believed to be the victim of child abuse.

They are the biological father and stepmother of the child.

The remand order was issued by Lower Court assistant registrar Faridatul Farrah Mohd Shukri.

Yesterday, South Johor Bahru deputy police chief Mohd Afzanizam Yahaya said police had arrested the victim’s father, aged 33, who is a cook, and the boy’s Indonesian stepmother, aged 23, for investigations.

He said police received a report on the child’s death from Sultan Ismail Hospital at 12.50am yesterday after finding bruises on his body.

The boy was found unconscious and taken to the Sultan Ismail Hospital by his parents around midnight on Tuesday night. Doctors pronounced him dead in the emergency ward.

Bruises were found on the victim’s body, face, chest and back.

A post-mortem revealed the boy’s death was caused by blunt force trauma to the abdomen and police are investigating the case under Section 302 of the Penal Code for murder.