Mum and guardian jailed for abandoning girl

Mum and guardian jailed for abandoning girl

KUALA LUMPUR - The mother and one of the guardians of six-year-old abused child Nandini pleaded guilty at a magistrate's court here to a charge of abandonment of the girl.

Both of them, who are in their 30s and 40s, were sentenced to a week's jail and fined RM1,800 (S$707) under Section 31(1)(a) of the Child Act when they appeared in court on Friday.

Meanwhile, the police search operation for Nandini's father, who is believed to be the main suspect in the case, is still ongoing, City deputy CID chief Asst Comm Khairi Ahrasa said when contacted yesterday.

It was earlier reported that a weak and starving Nandini was found crying by a 42-year-old motorist along Jalan Ayer Jerneh at around 4am on Oct 9.

Her mother had reportedly left her daughter in the care of two middle-aged guardians before leaving for work in another state.

"Our investigations revealed that Nandini's mother is not a relative of the guardians," said ACP Khairi.

The guardians had noticed that the girl was missing from their Setapak residence on Oct 9 but failed to report her disappearance.

Their failure to lodge a report led police to believe that they might be responsible for abusing the girl.

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