IPOH: A domestic tiff between a teenage couple is believed to be the cause for the alleged abuse of their five-month-old daughter.
Acting Perak deputy police chief Senior Asst Comm Datuk Mohd Dzuraidi Ibrahim said investigations showed the father, 18, and his 17-year-old wife were going through a divorce and arguing, resulting in the girl taking her anger out on her baby.
â€œWe have detained the mother. She has no previous conviction and we are waiting for a medical report on her mental state,â€ he told reporters at a blood drive organised by the state police contingent here yesterday.
SAC Mohd Dzuraidi said the teenage mum and her husband were unemployed and staying with their respective families.
A 48-second video showing the mother repeatedly slapping and kicking the baby went viral on social media.
In the video, she could be heard saying â€œdiamâ€ (shut up) repeatedly while beating the baby, who was crying non-stop.
SAC Mohd Dzuraidi said the video was recorded by the girlâ€™s mother.
â€œThe childâ€™s grandmother lodged a police report after realising the video had gone viral,â€ he said, adding that the baby was now under the care of the motherâ€™s family and was being monitored by the state Welfare Department.
He said police had received a medical report on the baby and she was not seriously injured.
â€œWe will take action against anyone found to have caused injuries to a child,â€ he said, adding that those found guilty of abusing children could be fined RM20,000 or jailed for not more than 10 years under the Child Act 2001.-The Star