KOTA KINABALU - Police have rescued three children who were placed in the care of their grandmother after they were allegedly physically abused by her.
The parents of the three - two boys aged eight and nine respectively and a three-year-old girl - were sent to live with their 47-year-old grandmother after their mother was jailed and father went missing.
Kota Kinabalu deputy city police chief Supt M. Chandra said police received a report from a 59-year-old neighbour, who said she constantly heard them crying.
The neighbour reportedly said she could not bear their cries anymore, which she claimed went on for weeks, and decided to visit the house.
"The woman said she saw bruises on the children's faces and decided to take the grandmother to the police station," he said during a press conference here on Friday.
The grandmother later admitted to beating the children, but said that she "only used a wooden ruler or her hands" to beat them, said Chandra.
He said they were investigating the case under the Child Act and would most probably hand over the children to the Welfare Department if they could not find their father.