Saturday January 5, 2013
Cops: Statements of kin who allegedly assaulted kids recorded
IPOH: Police have denied accusations that they were slow in taking action on an abuse case involving two children in Kerian.
State police chief Deputy Comm Datuk Mohd Shukri Dahlan said the police needed to investigate the case from all angles, adding that five people had their statements recorded after they were picked up on Thursday.
He said the police needed to proceed with discretion since the case was based on allegations of the two children, who were aged five and seven.
“We also need to wait for a child psychologist’s report first,” he said yesterday.
The five nabbed were the girls’ two aunts, aged 43 and 36, their cousins, aged 24 and 17, and their 70-year-old grandfather.
“The two children are under observation at the Taiping Hospital while the psychologist will come from Penang to help record their statements,” he added.
DCP Mohd Shukri said the children’s father, who is divorced, was in Kuala Lumpur and police were waiting to record his statement.
He also said they were checking on whether the girls were fed with drugs and sexually abused.
It was reported that the girls were allegedly abused for several years by their grandfather, father, aunt and uncle.
Their mother only found out of this recently after they complained of pain in the lower part of their bodies to a relative.
DCP Mohd Shukri said the case was being investigated under Section 376(b) of the Penal Code for rape.