Sacked maid may be involved in Baby Freddie's abduction

KUALA LUMPUR - The sacking of a maid six months ago may have led to the kidnapping of 20-month-old Baby Freddie from his mother's home in Bangsar.

The maid was among two suspects arrested yesterday to assist investigations into the kidnapping of Freddie, who was later found abandoned in Taman Tasik Titiwangsa at noon on Saturday.

City police CID chief Senior Asst Comm Datuk Ku Chin Wah said the Filipina, aged 39, and her local boyfriend, a 53-year-old plumber and electrician who was with her at the time, were arrested at a rented flat in Taman Desa here.

The woman had worked for Freddie's mother, Sarah Joseph, for about a year before stopping work six months ago.

It is learnt that a complaint was lodged to her agency, which later reassigned her to another employer.

"We have reasons to believe that the two can either directly or indirectly help in the investigations," SAC Ku told reporters at the Jalan Pantai police station.

He said the woman who has been working here since 2004 was now with a new employer in Damansara.

Both suspects will be remanded for 14 days.

Baby Freddie was snatched by a man who arrived at Joseph's house at about 6.30pm on Friday.

SAC Ku said the man who was arrested did not match the photofit made based on witnesses' description of the kidnapper and police were still looking for other suspects.

"It is still too early to speculate. We have yet to identify who was there during the incident," he said.

Several items were also seized from the suspects' flat.

Meanwhile, Brickfields OCPD Asst Comm Muhammad Azlee Abdullah has ruled out the possibility of the baby's father being involved in the kidnapping.

In a related development, Paul Joseph, the brother of Sarah Joseph, thanked members of the press for their coverage of the incident.

"We are certain that the reports by the press played a huge part in the safe return of Freddie and for this, we are immensely grateful," he said in a statement.

He added that his sister and Freddie were together and safe in a hospital.

"Sarah is receiving treatment for the injuries she suffered during the abduction," he said, adding that the family, together with the police and the British High Commission, would issue a full statement early next week.

Baby Freddie kidnapped