A 22-year-old housewife was arrested in Kampung Terimah, Limbang, Sarawak, after her three-year-old stepson was allegedly smothered to death.
The victim, Kelvin Weychelly Bangga Justin, was pronounced dead at about 8pm on Jul 27 at Limbang Hospital.
“On July 27, the woman sent her stepson to the Limbang Hospital where he was pronounced dead. She claimed that she found her stepson unconscious in the bathroom,” said Sarawak CID chief Senior Asst Comm Datuk Dev Kumar.
The woman made a police report the same night after finding out the boy was dead.
SAC Dev said that the case was initially classified as a sudden death, but the doctor found bruises on the boy’s body.
“On July 30, a post-mortem confirmed that the boy’s death was due to suffocating,” he said, adding that police have reclassified the case as murder.
He added that the woman was arrested at her house at about 7pm on Sunday.
It is believed that checks on the toddler revealed that there were bruises on his forehead and back, as well as wounds on his face, the back of his right ear, stomach and private parts.
Earlier report: Jul 30, Two Alleged Child Abuse Victims Dead