KUCHING, SARAWAK - A school worker was arrested on Friday over the death of his six-year-old niece a day earlier, said Sarawak police chief Datuk Wira Muhammad Sabtu Osman.
He said the suspect, 46, was placed under a seven-day remand while the girl's body had been sent to the Sarawak General Hospital here for post-mortem, with the result expected to be known by Sunday.
"It is a heart-breaking crime and for me this is not a sane human action. The police are still investigating to determine whether the suspect is on drugs or is insane," he told reporters after attending the police air operation force open day at the Padang Merdeka.
The incident came to light at 9.45 pm last Thursday when police received a report of the victim's death at the Simunjan Hospital.
Initial investigations revealed bite marks were found on the girl's body as well as bleeding from her private parts, leading to suspicion she might have been sexually abused.
It is understood that the victim lived with her aunt, a teacher and her uncle, a non-teaching staff at a school here.
The victim attended pre-school while her mother was said to be working in Serian. The case is investigated under section 302 of the Penal Code for murder.