GOMBAK: A couple embroiled in a shocking sodomy case involving their 23-day-old baby boy had kept to themselves so much that neighbours did not know who they were.
Residents at Jalan SM3 in Taman Sunway, Batu Caves, were shocked to learn of the incident in their neighbourhood last Friday.
The 28-year-old father sodomised the baby, after his 39-year-old wife refused to have sex with him that day.
Neighbours said they only learnt about the incident through the media and do not know who the couple were.
"We don't really know one another here as we do not mingle.
Everyone leaves early in the morning and comes home late at night," said the employee of a workshop.
On Friday evening, the mother found the baby weak and listless and discovered injuries on the baby's anus and mouth when she was bathing him.
She had earlier refused to have sex with her husband since she was going through confinement after giving birth three weeks ago.
Without her husband's knowledge, she took the injured baby to a nearby clinic for treatment and was referred to Hospital Selayang where a doctor confirmed the baby was sodomised. Police believe the father bruised the toddler's mouth when trying to stop him from crying during the sexual assault.
He was also believed to have sodomised the baby in the bedroom while his wife was resting in the living room.
After admitting the baby to hospital, the woman lodged a report at the Selayang police station and the father was arrested at 8pm the same day at their home.
Gombak police chief ACP Abdulconfirmed the suspect had been detained and is being investigated under Section 377 of the Penal Code for unnatural sexual acts.
The incident sparked outrage among Malaysians on Twitter.
The Welfare Department plans to provide the mother and baby with shelter and counselling.
In MELAKA, police have confirmed the death of a six-year-old boy in Kg Padang Sebang, Alor Gajah from injuries to his lungs, suspected due to physical abuse by his stepfather.
Alor Gajah police chief Supt Umar Ali Saifuddin Shaharudin said the post-mortem on the child conducted at Melaka Hospital showed serious injuries including to his muscle tissue.
"The post-mortem showed new injuries, within 24 hours, while the external examination showed bleeding underneath his skin and scratches as a result of abuse using a blunt object," he said.
Umar Ali said the victim died minutes after receiving treatment at Alor Gajah Hospital and his body was then sent to Melaka Hospital.
He said the 37-year-old suspect, who searched and gathered firewood for a living, would be remanded for seven days from today.
He was arrested at Alor Gajah Hospital when sending the victim there for treatment about 4.30pm.
"The suspect is being investigated under Section 302 of the Penal Code, which carries the death sentence upon conviction."
He said the child was the youngest of six children from his mother's first marriage.
The 41-year-old mother, Rosmah Pemadi, 41, who 10 days ago gave birth to a child from her marriage to the suspect, was visibly distraught when approached by reporters.
Sobbing, she said she would never forgive her husband for his action.
State Women, Family Development and Welfare Committee chairman Datuk Norpipah Abdol said the state government would extend immediate help to the victim's mother to lessen her burden and trauma.