On Tuesday (23 August), a 9-month-old baby girl was rescued by the police after she was abducted at the babysitter’s home in Bukit Tengah, Penang.
According to The Star, Central Seberang Prai OCPD Assistant Commissioner Tan Cheng Shan said the police have arrested 5 suspects aged between 14 and 43, in two different locations on the same day.
He added that the main suspect is a 14-year-old girl who’s also the babysitter’s granddaughter, while the other suspects are her boyfriend, a teen male friend, the boyfriend’s mother and the latter’s husband.
Meanwhile, Astro Awani reported that the baby girl was abducted by the teenage girl when the 65-year-old babysitter went to perform her prayers in a room.
The mother later discovered that her baby girl was missing when she when over to the house to pick her up around 5.30 pm.
She was then told by the apartment security guard that the suspect had fled the scene on a motorcycle while holding the baby.
The mother then lodged a police report and the police immediately mobilised their forces to raid a location in Machang Bubok where they found the 14-year-old girl and her two male friends, both 18, in a hut around 11.50 pm.
During the raid, the police cordoned off the area before making the move to raid the hut. The teenagers were then startled by the ambush and were shocked to find themselves surrounded by the police.
The teenagers were interrogated and they led the police to a house in Kulim where they rescued the baby from a 43-year-old woman who was caring for the baby and her 30-year-old husband.
Further investigations revealed that the 14-year-old girl was the girlfriend of one of the teenage boys in the first raid. The 43-year-old woman was the mother of the girl’s boyfriend.
Meanwhile, it was reported that they teenage girl allegedly abducted the baby because the baby was cute. She also claimed that it was her baby with an ex-boyfriend.
The police found that the teenager is no longer schooling and comes from a troubled family, while the 3 other suspects were jobless and a 30-year-old man worked as a factory van driver while the other runs a business.
All suspects tested negative for drugs in a urine test.
ACP Tan said there was no transaction or ransom made during the abduction but the police will continue to investigate all aspects of the case.