KUALA LUMPUR (Bernama): Police have arrested the uncle of a three-year-old boy trapped inside a washing machine at a self-service laundry in Bukit Sentosa, Rawang near here.
Hulu Selangor district police chief Supt Lim Bak Phai said the 27-year-old man was detained at the Hulu Selangor district police headquarters at about 11 pm on Tuesday (Oct 2).
“The suspect is believed to have put his nephew in the machine as a joke, causing the victim to be trapped for about 20 minutes.
“The victim was then rescued with the help of the public and police and was unhurt,” he said.
He said the suspect has been remanded for four days until Saturday (Oct 6) and the case is being investigated under Section 31(1)(a) of the Child Act 2001 for abusing, neglecting, abandoning or exposing children in a manner that may cause them to experience physical or emotional injuries.
Lim said the police had also recorded statements from the victim’s mother and will conduct an investigation under Section 182 of the Penal Code for making a false report.
“The victim’s mother had earlier lodged a report that her son was missing and suddenly he was in the washing machine,” he said.
The incident, which took place early Tuesday morning, went viral on Facebook displaying a one-minute recording of a child trapped inside a washing machine and being rescued by members of the public. – Bernama