Husband, wife remanded after seven-year-old son dies of alleged abuse

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A husband and wife were remanded for seven days beginning today in connection with an abuse case, which resulted in the death of a seven-year-old boy.

Assistant registrar of the Melaka Magistrate’s Court, Mohd Anuar Ostadi, issued the remand order, Melaka Criminal Investigation Department chief ACP Mohd Sukri Kaman said.

Seven-year-old Zubaidi Amir Qusyairi died in Taman Krubong Jaya yesterday, after he was believed to have been abused by his mother, 32, and stepfather, 38.

The child was allegedly drowned in a water tub in his house in the 4pm incident. However, preliminary investigations found physical injuries on the victim’s body.

The body was taken to Melaka Hospital Forensic Department for post-mortem, and the case is being investigated under Section 302 of the Penal Code for murder.

Meanwhile, it was reported that the child had an emotional farewell with his foster parents three months ago.

In October last year, Zubaidi was featured in a Harian Metro video exchanging hugs with his foster family.

His teary foster mother Norlida Hassan was also seen in the video bidding him farewell.

In a Facebook post, Norlida said she had raised the boy for six years since he was a baby, to help his biological mother who was pursuing her higher education and facing financial difficulties.

The boy’s biological mother was a college friend of Norlida’s daughter.

She added that she had returned the boy back to his mother with a heavy heart in October last year.

It was reported that Norlida said her family was devastated by the death.

“I raised him since he was young. I did not see it as a burden, but was thankful to have a foster son like him.

“He was talkative and smart. His death has a profound impact not only on me but also my husband and children,” she was quoted as saying.

Norlida’s 26-year-old daughter Tuhfah Nazihah Md Tarmidi was quoted as saying that Zubaidi was a cheerful boy when he left the family.

However, she said they couldn’t get in touch with him after he left, as his biological mother had made “all kinds of excuses”.

The foster family sought police permission to travel from their residence from Rawang to Malacca due to the movement control order (MCO).

They plan to bring the boy’s body back to Rawang for burial.