On 16 September, the Malaysian Fire and Rescue Department rescued an 8-year-old boy after he was found standing on the ledge of a fourth-floor apartment unit in Ampang.
According to Berita Harian, the incident took place along Jalan Cahaya 13, which is located in the suburban neighbourhood of Taman Cahaya.
Selangor Fire and Rescue Department Director Norazam Khamis said they received a report from the members of the public at 4.41 pm and had immediately dispatch a rescue team to the scene.
The boy was believed to have been attempting to escape after having been locked up in one of the apartment’s rooms by climbing through an open window, only to find himself trapped on the ledge.
“The rescue team who arrived on the scene found that the door of the apartment had already been successfully broken open by the apartment’s security officers,” he said.
Fortunately, the boy was successfully rescued and brought back into the apartment. However, the boy was later handed over to the police and this is when the authorities discovered that the boy is a victim of domestic abuse.
The boy had sustained multiple bruises and wounds to his legs, hands, arms, and back.
Abusive couple arrested
Following the incident, the police arrested a married couple on suspicion of abusing their 8-year-old nephew and 6-year-old niece at the said condominium.
According to Bernama, Ampang Jaya district police chief ACP Mohamad Farouk Eshak said the suspects, aged 29 and 33, were detained at 6 pm on the same day of the incident.
He said the female suspect was the younger sister of the children’s biological mother and had been taking care of the two siblings following the death of their father 2 years ago.
The police also found that the mother did not wish to take care of the two victims.
Mohamad Farouk said the female suspect was unemployed and had no criminal records while her husband, who is an e-hailing driver, had one record.
He said the urine tests from the suspects came back negative but they will be remanded tomorrow under Section 31 (1)(a) of the Child Act 2001.