A child with Down syndrome is believed to have gone without food and water for four days after their mother suddenly died in their Johor house
According to New Straits Times, the incident happened in Taman Impian Emas, Johor Bahru.
The 12-year-old child had been trapped with the body of their mother for four days and was rescued yesterday, 13 October.
There is a discrepancy on the gender of the child in media reports, where some claimed the child as a boy, while others claimed them to be a girl.
The discovery was made after one of the deceased's adult children visited the house on late Saturday night, 12 October
The 27-year-old son called for his mother outside the house at 11.10pm, but no one opened the gate for him, reported The Star.
"When he received no response, he climbed up the house grille and saw his 63-year-old mother lying motionless in the living room," said Johor Bahru North OCPD Asst Comm Mohd Taib Ahmad.
He then made a stress call to the Larkin Fire and Rescue station at 12.40am, reported Harian Metro.
A team of nine firemen and an Emergency Medical Rescue Services (EMRS) unit was dispatched to the scene
"We took five minutes to gain entry to the premises," Larkin Fire and Rescue Department operations commander Saifulizam Mohd Salleh said, reported New Straits Times.
"We found the woman lying lifeless in the living room, and the [child] in one of the bathrooms. [They were] in a state of extreme hunger and thirst," he added.
The rescue team immediately attended the child, who is believed to have gone without food and water for four days, by giving them water.
The operation ended at 1.37am and the mother's body was sent to Hospital Sultanah Aminah for a post-mortem, reported Sinar Harian.
According to the 27-year-old son, he last visited his mother on 30 September and she was in good health at that time
He said that her mother seldom received visits from others. Her death is classified as sudden death, reported The Star.
Meanwhile, the 12-year-old child is currently under his care.