PETALING JAYA - A CCTV footage purportedly showing two-year-old Siti Soffea Emelda Abdullah being abducted at the Kota Raya shopping complex has gone viral.
In the video, the suspect was seen trying to lure her away. The CCTV footage in the complex later showed the man walking away with Siti Soffea.
The man was said to have abducted and and beheaded the toddler with a ceramic tile on Thursday before jumping into the river in an attempt to escape.
Police found the body of the man in the Klang River near Jalan Tun Sambanthan, bringing a closure to the case.
The body was found floating in the river near Bandar Sunway here on Saturday.
A police source said that witnesses of the incident had already identified the suspect through photos and police are studying the CCTV footage.
Police believed the suspect, who was in his late 30s, was released from prison recently and had previous criminal records, mostly drug-related.
The source said the man had worked as a parking attendant near the Kota Raya shopping complex in Kuala Lumpur where the girl was abducted.
Siti Soffea was with her mother Siti Salmy Suib, 32, who left the toddler with her friends as she needed to use the toilet on the fourth floor of the complex at about 3pm on Thursday.
When she came back about five minutes later, Siti Soffea was not with her friends.
They searched the building but could not find her. Siti Salmy only learnt of what had happened to her daughter when police tracked her down and alerted her later that night.
Several witnesses saw a man carrying her towards the river bank, about 1.5km from the complex at 9pm.
The witnesses claimed that they saw the attacker slashing at the girl's neck with a broken piece of tile. There were also some who believed it was a ritual killing, claiming that the attacker tried to drink the child's blood.