KOTA KINABALU: Four young women repaid the kindness of a friend who allowed them to stay in her house in Semporna by causing the death of her 20-month-old baby.
In the incident at Kampung Egang-Egang, Pulau Bum-Bum, yesterday, the suspects, aged between 16 and 19, were said to have struck, stepped on and thrown the hapless infant while the mother was not at home.
The 23-year-old local woman, a single mother, was shocked to see her baby in a weak state and short of breath on reaching home and immediately rushed him to the district hospital about noon.
Despite treatment, his condition turned critical and the baby was pronounced dead six hours later.
Semporna police chief Sabarudin Rahmat said police arrested the suspects, comprising an Indonesian and three Filipinas, after a police report at 7.30pm the same day.
He said the woman had agreed to let the suspects stay at her house as they were her friends.
Based on investigations, he said, the suspects had hit the baby and thrown him on a bed. They are then alleged to have recklessly pulled him back, with his face hitting the metal part of the bed.
“One of the suspects even stepped on the baby’s back.
“We have classified the case under Section 302 of the Penal Code for murder,” Sabarudin said.