On Saturday, 10 November, a nine-month-old baby, who was allegedly raped and sodomised by a caretaker's husband at their home in Bandar Baru Bangi, died after succumbing to her injuries at the Serdang Hospital where she was admitted for two days
According to Bernama, the unnamed baby girl died at 10.30am yesterday, after she was admitted with a fractured skull, bruises to her head, tears to her hymen and anus.
A report in The Star Online quoted Kajang OCPD Assistant Commissioner Ahmad Dzaffir Yussof saying that the parents had been sending the child to the babysitter near their house since September, adding that it was them who brought the baby in.
"The victim was in a critical condition when brought in and was given CPR," he said.
In a statement given to the media yesterday, ACP Ahmad Dzaffir said that when the baby was sent to the caretaker’s home in Bangi, she was in good health.
"However, the victim suffered from shortness of breath in the afternoon and was rushed to the Bandar Baru Bangi Clinic, before being referred to the Serdang Hospital.
"Examination on the victim found a tear on the hymen, and a subsequent examination found that the victim's anus was also torn," NST Online quoted him as saying.
The cause of death was a blunt force trauma to the head
ACP Ahmad Dzaffir said the post-mortem done by the Serdang Hospital’s Pathology Department found that the nine-month-old victim's skull was fractured.
"There were also bruises found on the top left and right sides of the victim's head," he said, adding that there were "clear signs of physical and sexual abuse."
Police have arrested both the caretaker and husband
"We arrested the 28-year-old caretaker and her husband, aged 36. Urine tests found the man, who worked as a barber, positive for methamphetamine," the ACP said.
The caretaker's husband has been remanded for five days until Tuesday, 13 November, and the case is being investigated under Section 302 of the Penal Code for murder.
Meanwhile, the gruesome case has attracted the attention of Deputy Prime Minister Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail, who is also the Minister of Women, Family and Community Development
Expressing her horror, Dr Wan Azizah condemned the perpetrator as being "despicable" and called for him to be hauled to the court and punished for his crime.
"It is despicable. I cannot comprehend why somebody would do that to a baby, even if he was tested positive on drugs. It is a heinous crime and raises the question of what has our humanity left us. This must be brought to justice and there should be a hefty penalty," the Deputy Prime Minister was quoted as saying by the Malay Mail today.
On the other hand, police personnel in Sarikei tried to persuade a 19-year-old rape victim to drop her case against their colleague: