By Roberth Isidorus on 04:11 pm Jun 16, 2015
Jayapura. Police in Jayapura, Papua, have arrested a local woman for allegedly assaulting her own child and inflicting serious physical injuries.
Police officers detained Debi Husein, 35, on Tuesday afternoon after they received a report from neighbors who saw her 6-year-old child standing outside the house appearing to be in pain and frightened, said First Insp. Irene Aronggear, chief of the women and children services unit at the Jayapura Police.
Irene added that police also took Debi’s husband into custody for questioning as he has allegedly abused the young boy as well.
Results of a medical exam revealed the child suffered a broken right leg, cigarette burns all over his body and blunt-force trauma to the head.
“The victim’s condition was very weak when [the neighbors] found him; his breathing was slow and his face was turning blue,” said Irene.
According to Elias, 31, one of the witnesses, the victim had stayed under the care of his aunt who resides in Makassar, South Sulawesi, and returned to Jayapura five months ago.
“I’ve heard the victim crying in pain many times, but I was not brave enough to reprimand the parents,” Elias said.
The case comes less than a week after Bali Police discovered the body of an 8-year-old girl, Angeline, who was reported missing on May 16. Though investigators have detained a former male domestic worker for her murder, they also arrested the child’s foster mother, Margarieth Christine Megawe for charges of neglect.
Angeline’s death has also prompted calls from activists for harsher punishments for child abusers in Indonesia.