KUALA LUMPUR - She was crying and begging for food near a food court in the wee hours of the morning when a passer-by spotted her.
The 42-year-old man who rescued and fed the little girl told police she looked scared.
According to police, the four-year-old girl, known only as Nandini, was abused by a grandparent for a few months before the torture became too much for her to take.
"Running away was her only way out," said city CID chief Senior Asst Comm Datuk Ku Chin Wah, when contacted yesterday.
He said the police had not been able to trace the girl's parents and were still looking for them.
A photo of Nandini showed deep scars on her nose and her forehead.
Aside from that, she had fresh wounds on her body, believed to be from a hammer, spanner and pliers.
Nandini, who was found at Jalan Sungai Ayer Jerneh in Setapak, is currently being nursed at the paediatric ward of the Kuala Lumpur Hospital after the passer-by brought her there at around 4am on Oct 9.
Sources said Nandini's condition had improved and that she would be in the care of the hospital till her parents are found.
City police chief Senior Deputy Comm Datuk Mohmad Salleh urged the public to come forward with any information on Nandini's parents and to contact the KL police hotline at 03-2115 9999.