KUALA LUMPUR - Police have arrested a 41-year-old golf caddy on suspicion of abusing his girlfriend's seven-year-old son, an act which later led to the child's death.
The man was arrested at a house in Taman Kosas, Ampang here on Tuesday.
Ampang Jaya OCPD Khairuldin Saad said the boy was sent to Hospital Ampang at around 8.55am Monday, but he was already lifeless by then.
Medical personnel pronounced him dead at about 9.40am after carrying out attempts to resuscitate the child through CPR.
ACP Khairuldin said there were red marks on the boy's face, left hand and private parts. There were also old wounds on his left waist.
"The child's mother, who is a nanny, initially told us that her son was beaten up at school, but we found her statement suspicious.
"After we arrested her, she told us that her boyfriend had beaten up the child," he explained.
ACP Khairuldin said police are investigating whether the abuse had been going on for a while.
"We believe that the child has been beaten up by the caddy before. But on Sunday, it was most chronic," he added.
The child's body was sent to Hospital Kuala Lumpur for a post-mortem.
The two suspects will be remanded on Tuesday to facilitate investigations. The case has been classified as murder.