Parents arrested over abuse of 12-year-old boy

JOHOR BAHRU: Police have arrested a couple for allegedly abusing their 12-year-old son at their house yesterday.

Johor Bahru Selatan district police chief Shahurinain Jais said the 29-year-old man and 39-year-old woman were detained after police acted on a report lodged by members of the public at the Majidee police station yesterday.

“According to the preliminary investigation, both accused admitted to having abused the boy for the past two years.

“The boy was the stepchild to the man. Apart from the son, the couple have two more children, aged three and one,” he said in a statement today.

Shahurinain said police seized an electrical wire, a cane and a shirt hanger, believed to have been used to abuse the boy.

He said the boy’s stepfather was a former auxiliary police member and currently works as a bus driver.

The mother is an online food trader.

“The boy has no identification documents as he was not registered at birth and did not attend school,” he added.

Police obtained a seven days’ remand order from the Johor Bahru Magistrate’s Court today for both accused until Feb 26 to facilitate investigations under Section 31 (1) (a) of the Child Act 2001, he said.

He added that the boy was taken to the Sultanah Aminah Hospital (HSA) for treatment and would be monitored by the hospital’s social department officer.