Abused girl still on life support

Abused girl still on life support

IPOH - The five-year-old girl suspected of being abused by her mother is still in a coma.

Since her admission to the Raja Permaisuri Bainun Hospital here on Thursday, she has been placed on life support at the intensive care unit to keep her alive.

The hospital's paediatric department head Datuk Dr Amar Singh said the girl had not regained consciousness or shown any sign of movement.

"When her father brought her in, she had no heartbeat and had to be resuscitated," he said here yesterday.

He said the attending physician, who noticed bruises and lacerations on the girl's head and body, realised that there were signs of abuse and alerted police.

"While we cannot ascertain the object used to inflict the wounds yet, the injuries are too severe to have been self-inflicted.

"We suspect there are internal injuries as well but the girl is currently too weak to undergo scans," he said.

It was reported that on Thursday the girl was taken to the hospital by her father.

Following a report lodged at the hospital's police beat base, police arrested the girl's parents at their home in Menglembu at about 1.30pm on Friday.

The 30-year-old mother and 39-year-old father are in remand.

Perak Women Development, Family, Community, Welfare and National Integration Committee chairman Datuk Rusnah Kassim, who visited the girl yesterday, expressed shock at the girl's condition.

"We have limited the access of family members to the ward while we wait for police and state welfare department to investigate the possibility of more abusers within the family.

"Meanwhile, both the girl's bro­thers, aged eight and two, are under the care of the welfare department," she said.

Rusnah added that the siblings did not exhibit any sign of physical abuse.

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