BUTTERWORTH (Bernama) – A seven-year-old schoolgirl who was found in a malnourished condition when the police rescued her from a vacant house in Sungai Dua here, was believed to have been left alone without electricity and water since last November.
Seberang Perai Utara (SPU) police chief ACP Abdul Rahman Ibrahim said police investigations revealed the girl had been confined in an old rented village house and given food and water, once in a while.
“Nobody, including the neighbours in a nearby flat was aware the girl was confined in the house as they did not hear anyone crying or asking for help.
“Moreover, the place was very dark,” he told reporters after visiting the girl at the Seberang Jaya Hospital yesterday.
The standard one girl was found last Thursday in a weak and emaciated condition at the house which did not have water and electricity supply, after a teacher lodged a police report as the girl had not attended school for three days.
Abdul Rahman said the girl was now placed at the hospital’s paediatric ward, adding that doctors confirmed there was no sign she was physically abused.
He said police had obtained a three-day remand extension against the girl’s father. Last Saturday, the police recorded statements from the victim’s stepmother.
“We have been unable to trace the girl’s biological mother who was believed to have returned to Indonesia,” he added.