Infant may have died of abuse

PETALING JAYA - A forensic team visited the home of a couple looking for possible signs of abuse after one of their children died from traumatic head injuries.

Police said a doctor at the Sungai Buloh Hospital lodged a report after the couple brought their unconscious one-year-old daughter to the emergency ward here last Friday.

The doctor said he found severe bruises on the child's head, right arm and back. She was pronounced dead just minutes after she arrived at the hospital.

"The cause of death is traumatic head injuries. Investigations showed that the child was admitted to the Universiti Malaya Medical Centre three months prior to this for a broken right arm,'' said Petaling Jaya deputy OCPD Supt Fadil Marsus.

"When we questioned her parents, they claimed that their daughter got the bruises from falling down the stairs two days before her death. They claimed that she also broke her arm during the fall."

Suspicious of foul play, police went to the family's home in SS2 here on Monday and took their remaining three children, aged eight, two, and four months, to check for signs of abuse. Investigations found no bruises on the children.

"We are still looking at whether there was foul play involved in this case. We urge the couple's neighbours to come forward with information that can help us solve this case," Supt Fadil said.

It is learnt that this was not the first time that the police visited the home of the couple, who have been married for 10 years.

Neighbours claimed that they called police last year after hearing screams and sounds like violent beatings.

Speaking to The Star, one of the neighbours said screams, fights and the sound of objects hitting flesh had been common in the household for the last four years.

"It's agony to hear them. Every single day I hear the couple fighting, the wife screaming at the top of her lungs, crashing furniture and the children crying.

"There was one time when one of the neighbours reported them and was ticked off by the mother of the children, saying to mind their own business," she said.

She described the father as "a psycho", who would scratch and dump trash on cars parked in front of his home.