Police: Suspect's fingerprints found on murdered toddler Siti Soffea

Police: Suspect's fingerprints found on murdered toddler Siti Soffea

KUALA LUMPUR: Fingerprints found on two-year-old Siti Soffea Emelda Abdullah matched that of the suspect whose body was found floating on Sungai Klang.

Kuala Lumpur CID chief Senior Asst Comm Gan Kong Meng said police, however, were not able to confirm the motive behind the attack on Siti Soffea whose beheaded body was found beside the river on May 29.

"We urge the public and the media not to speculate on the case," he said.

SAC Gan dismissed reports that the 27-year-old suspect and the child's mother Siti Salmy Suib, 32, knew each other.

"Based on the statements that we have recorded, we weren't able to establish a relationship.

"We also have solid reasons to believe that the suspect did not know Siti Soffea's father," he said when commenting on press reports.

On whether the mother will be investigated for negligence, SAC Gan said that the mother should be left to cope with her loss.

He said police have informed the suspect's family of his death but they refused to claim his body from the University Malaya Medical Center (UMMC) morgue.

"We have advised them to contact the hospital directly.

"We are liaising with UMMC in handling the suspect's remains," he added.

The investigation papers on the case would be given to the Deputy Public Prosecutor's office next week.

The case is being investigated for murder and for "leaving a child without reasonable supervision" under the Child Act 2001.

Prior to her daughter's disappearance, Siti Salmy claimed that she left the child with friends before using the toilet on the fourth floor of a shopping complex at about 3pm on May 29.

She reportedly returned five minutes later to find Siti Soffea was not with her friends.

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