A couple have gone into hiding after their daughter was taken to hospital on Friday with scalding wounds on the right side of her body.
An eight-year-old girl suffered burns on her body after her father threw hot water on her for allegedly stealing RM10 from her mother in their Kampung Melayu flat.
In the incident at Air Itam on Thursday (Dec 27) at 9pm, the victim’s arms, side and right chest were scalded, but her condition was reported to be stable and she is able to communicate.
Northeast district police chief Assistant Commissioner Che Zaimani Che Awang said a 32-year-old neighbour, who was alerted to the incident by another neighbour, had gone to the victim’s house and found her with scalding wounds.
He said the neighbour, Mohd Azlan Jamiyathulla Khan, then took the girl to the Air Itam police
“The girl was then taken to the Penang Hospital and received treatment for burns,” he said.
Che Zaimani said the girl was the second of four siblings. The rest are boys aged three, six, and nine.
He added that the neighbour also claimed the victim’s parents often neglected the children who were often seen wandering in the area without adult supervision.
He said the man, 41, and his wife had disappeared as police checks at their home and workplace found them missing.
“Early investigations found that the father had thrown hot water on the victim after she was said to have stolen RM10 from her mother. The case is being investigated under Section 31(1)(a) of the Child Act 2001,” he said.