BUKIT MERTAJAM, Malaysia - Police recovered the body of a five-year-old boy at an oil palm plantation in Permatang Tinggi, Bukit Tengah here, seven days after he was first reported missing.
The boy was said to have been accidentally killed by his mother at their house in Kulim before the body was dumped in the bushes there.
It is learnt that the mother, in her 30s, had thrown the body at the secluded spot with her boyfriend, also in his 30s.
It was, however, not known when they dumped the body.
A police forensics team and a canine unit spent several hours scouring the area for leads from 11am yesterday.
A search was also conducted on Sunday but it was called off due to failing light.
Police sources said the mother had earlier confessed that she had lashed the boy with a belt, claiming that he was naughty and did not study.
During an interrogation at the Bayan Baru police lock-up on Sunday, the mother claimed that the boy had died at about 4.30pm on Sept 20.
Penang CID chief Senior Asst Comm Mazlan Kesah said the mother had earlier lodged a police report in Kulim, claiming that the boy had gone missing near Esplanade last Tuesday.
He said the case was classified under Section 363 of the Penal Code for kidnapping.
"We have now reclassified it as murder.
"We are still establishing the motive and waiting for a postmortem report," he said.