The police have detained the aunt of a five-year-old boy who fell to his death from the 16th floor of a condominium in Selayang, yesterday.

Gombak police chief ACP Zainal Mohamed Mohamed said that the 36-year-old woman, who has five previous records for drug-related offences, has been detained to facilitate investigations.

"The case is being investigated under Section 31 (1) (5b) of the Child Act 2001 for negligence leading to the death of a child,

"The suspect will be remanded today," Zainal said in a statement, reported Harian Metro.

According to reports, the woman had previously told the police that she was showering when the incident happened about 10.30am. The boy was left under her care while his mother went to a shop to buy some things.

She claimed that she tried looking for the boy after coming out of the shower, failing which she called the mother.

The boy reportedly climbed through a window without a grill in one of the rooms, before falling to his death.

The heartwrenching incident happened just a day after a four-year-old girl fell to her death from the 29th floor of an apartment block in Sentul, Kuala Lumpur, on Tuesday.

Similar to yesterday's incident, the girl was left unattended while the father left to shop, while the windows at the apartment, through which she had climbed, had no grills nor locks.

Police had ruled out foul play in this case.

It's heartbreaking to learn that these children has had their lives snuffed out at such a tender age, due to the carelessness of adults.

Perhaps it is time for the government to mandate installing grills or at least locking mechanisms that cannot be accessed by children on windows and doors at high-rise buildings.

Source: Harian Metro
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