Kidnapped, abused toddler’s condition worsens

Kidnapped, abused toddler’s condition worsens

NORTH JAKARTA - The condition of a 3-year-old child who was kidnapped and abused, and who has been identified only as IS, has deteriorated, the child's family and doctors at the Koja General Hospital in North Jakarta have said.

IS was given a blood transfusion on Tuesday after his condition worsened from the day before.

"On Monday night at around 10 p.m., I signed an approval form so that IS could get a blood transfusion," IS' uncle told The Jakarta Post.

Koja General Hospital executive director Togi Asman Sinaga told that based on magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) results, IS had a brain infection. Because of his condition, the hospital moved IS to the intensive coronary care unit (ICCU) on Monday.

One of the doctors treating IS, Dewi Iriani, said as quoted by on Tuesday that IS was in critical condition, as he was experiencing seizures and his body temperature had reached 39 degrees Celsius.

The North Jakarta Police previously reported that IS was abducted in December last year (not in 2012 as previously reported) by Dadang, 29, who abused the boy and forced him to work as a street busker.

Dadang claimed to be the ex-boyfriend of IS' mother. He said he was angry at IS' mother and kidnapped the boy in Senen, Central Jakarta, where his mother was an iced-tea street vendor.

The boy's uncle said he first found out about his missing nephew on Saturday while watching the news on TV. He accidentally switched to a channel that was airing a story about IS.

Recognising his nephew, he called the North Jakarta Police and was told that IS was being treated at Koja hospital.

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