A 3-year-old child dies after allegedly being molested by his father’s friend, a housekeeper

A three-year-old child died in Malaysia on Monday after allegedly being molested by a friend of his father’s and housekeeper.

The incident took place at the home of an unidentified 28-year-old man who was the victim’s father, Johor Police Chief Datuk Kamarul Zaman Mamat told Star News.

The victim’s father had asked his friend to babysit his two children, including the victim. The accused had taken care of the children for the past three months.

“The victim’s father, who works in Singapore, and his mother, who works in Yong Peng, left their two children at the friend’s house on payment of RM2,800 (US$600) a month.

“Initial investigations revealed that there were multiple injuries on the victim’s body, as well as bruises and some cuts,” Mamat said at a press conference.

However, the exact cause of death can only be known after an autopsy.

Mamat said preliminary investigations revealed the male suspect had multiple criminal records. The man and the housekeeper – an Indonesian woman in her 40s – were arrested on Tuesday.

“We will record statements from several parties and also look at security camera (CCTV) footage,” Mamat said, according to the Sun Daily.

An investigation is underway to determine the exact date of the attack. The reason for the abuse remains unknown. The charges against the two defendants were not disclosed.

Authorities also said the victim’s 1-year-old younger sibling sustained no injuries. The gender of the second child was not disclosed.

The victim’s body was taken to Sultanah Aminah Hospital for an autopsy.

Mamat told the community parents need to be careful who they leave their children with.

“This incident is a tragedy because the victim is a small child who is growing up,” he said. “Children of this age should be well cared for and nourished and not treated that way. The police will be determined to ensure that those responsible are brought to justice.”

In a recent incident in Egypt, a father tortured and killed his 3-year-old daughter because she opened the refrigerator without his permission. The man first beat the child severely and then set parts of her body on fire. The defendant’s wife, the victim’s stepmother, told police that her husband physically assaulted his daughter as punishment. The accused was taken into custody and admitted to the abuse during questioning.

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