KOTA BARU - Police have arrested and remanded the couple suspected of severely abusing a five-year-old girl.
The father and stepmother were picked up at a shop in Jalan Bayam here at 10pm on Sunday.
Kelantan police chief Deputy Comm Datuk Mazlan Lazim said yesterday the man aged 39 and his 25-year-old wife had been remanded for a week to facilitate investigations.
The child was admitted to the Raja Perempuan Zainab II Hospital here after her biological mother found welts, cuts and bruises on her body and lodged a police report.
Medical examination showed that the child, who has 13 broken bones, might be permanently disabled.
The abuse, believed to have been inflicted on her over the past two years, might have resulted in her one thigh bone being shorter than the other.
The father kept the child after he divorced her mother in 2013.
Her medical condition came to light after the stepmother handed over the girl to her biological mother recently, saying they were unable to care for her.