GEORGE TOWN: A man who scalded his eight-year-old daughter after he was furious that there was no food left for him after work was arrested today, nearly a week after running from the police.
Northeast district police chief Che Zaimani Che Awang said the 41-year-old man was arrested near a durian stall in Paya Terubong following a tip-off.
His 34-year-old wife was also taken in.
Zaimani said the couple, who has four children including the victim, will be brought to court tomorrow for a remand order.
On Dec 31, a neighbour alerted the police after fearing that the girl might have been a victim of abuse.
Police said the girl’s father had returned from work to his Air Itam flat.
Angry that there was nothing left for him for dinner, he then woke his wife and four children who were sleeping at the hall, before splashing a bowl of hot water at the girl.
The man and his wife went missing after a police report was lodged by the neighbour.
Doctors at the Penang Hospital found scalding on her forearms, right ribcage and parts of the right-hand side of her body.
Further checks showed the girl suffered from 3% mid-dermal burns and was treated with antibacterials.
She is reported to be in stable condition.
The case is being investigated under Section 31(1)(a) of the Child Act 2001 for child abuse, which carries a maximum of 10 years’ jail and RM20,000 fine.