An 11-Year-Old Girl From Butterworth Was Allegedly Abused By Her Stepmother
An 11-year-old girl was found with swollen eyes after she was allegedly abused by her stepmother in Butterworth, Penang
The girl was found with serious injuries on her face and was struggling to open her bruised eyes.
According to New Straits Times, the victim claimed she was hit by her stepmother on the head with a helmet, causing both her eyes to swell.
"It was learnt the mother has a criminal record involving theft, while the father, who is a mechanic, has four offences for drugs on his criminal record," added Central Seberang Prai district police chief Assistant Commissioner Nik Ros Azhan Nik Ab Hamid.
According to New Straits Times, there were eight other siblings in the flat and were trembling with fear when Nik Ros Azhan approached and spoke to the victim.
Malaysian Tamilar Kural president David Marshel received a call from the victim's neighbour alerting them of the incident
The neighbours said, "They often [heard] the girl crying, and she was always seen with bruises on her face."
She was allegedly abused with blunt objects such as a helmet, wooden stick, and clothes hanger, he added.
Nik Ros Azhan explained that the girl's stepmother, 38, and father, 36, have been arrested to facilitate investigations into the case.
The victim will undergo an X-ray and CT scan soon
According to New Straits Times, Nik Ros Azhan revealed that the girl would most likely be warded as her injuries were considered severe.
He said the group would also seek help from the Welfare Department to ensure she received the necessary care.