JOHOR BARU: A two-year-old girl died at the Sultan Ismail Hospital (HSI) near here yesterday, after she was believed to have been abused by her mother and her boyfriend.

North Johor Baru police chief ACP Mohd Taib Ahmad said the victim, identified as Nur Shahana, was taken by her 22-year-old mother to the hospital for a bacterial infection on Jan 12, but was pronounced dead the next day at 12.10pm.

He said there were suspected elements of abuse based on a series of injuries sustained by the victim.

“Physical examination by medical personnel revealed that there were bruises on the left and right hands, as well as the (victim’s) abdomen. There were also bite marks on the left and right hands of the victim,“ he said in a statement here tonight.

He said the post-mortem found that the cause of death was from cranio-abdominal injuries due to blunt force trauma, and following the report, the mother of the victim and her 33-year-old boyfriend were arrested at 3.45pm today.

Investigations revealed that the victim’s mother, who worked as a factory operator and her unemployed boyfriend, had been renting a room in an apartment near Kempas for the past year.

Both suspects have been remanded for seven days from today for investigations under Section 302 of the Penal Code. — Bernama