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A 13 year-old teenage girl with down syndrome was sent to the hospital after she was suspected to be abused at nursing home in Wangsa Maju, Kuala Lumpur.
According to Harian Metro, Head of the Kuala Lumpur Criminal Investigation Department, Senior Assistant Commissioner Saiful Annuar Yusoff said that the police receive a report about the incident on 24 June and open an investigation on the caretaker who manages the home.
Saiful said that the girl sustained burns on her chest, hands, neck and thighs and other injuries too. The girl was then sent to Kuala Lumpur Hospital for medical examination and treatment.
“As a result of the examination, the doctor confirmed that the victim suffered injuries due to burns and many cases of old wounds on the body part.” he said.
“The screening test conducted also found the victim positive for Covid-19.” he said.
Saiful added that their investigation found that there were 6 other children living at the nursing home, while 2 of which were 2 year-old and had down syndrome too. These 2 child did not suffer any injuries.
The 28 year-old caretaker of the home is currently being investigated by the police too.
The investigation paper was opened under Section 31 (1) (a) of the Child Act 2001 for abusing, neglecting, discarding or exposing the child in a manner that was likely to cause him/her physical injury. If convicted, the accused can face a fine not exceeding RM50,000 or imprisonment for a term not exceeding twenty years or both.
“All witnesses were found to test positive for Covid-19 and the police will continue their investigation after undergoing the quarantine set by the Ministry of Health Malaysia (KKM).” he added.
Nonetheless, Saiful urge the members of the public who had information regarding this incident to come forward and help with the investigation. The police officers will be available at 03-2115 9999 or at any nearby police station.