The highlands on Langkawi island are full of deep ravines. Photo: AFP/Fayed El-Geziry/Sputnik

A Malaysian couple was arrested on Langkawi island on March 5 and remanded in custody after allegedly abusing and killing a three-year-old girl in their care.

The couple allegedly put the girl’s body in a bag and tossed it into a ravine on Langkawi island. Ramlan Abdul Rashid, 37, and his wife Wan Roslina Wan Jusoh, 40, a nurse from Langkawi Hospital, were arrested in Ampang, Kuala Lumpur, the China Press reported.

The young girl named Nur Aisyah Aleya Abdullah was the daughter of the married man’s girlfriend, an Indonesian national named Rosmaliah Samo, 31.

The mother met Rashid in Penang last November and the pair soon developed an intimate relationship. She and her three-year-old daughter then moved to Langkawi, where they lived in Langkawi Hospital quarters, where Rashid and his wife also lived.

When the affair ended, the Indonesian woman was kicked out, but the girl stayed and was put in the care of Rashid and his wife. On March 3, the Indonesian woman wanted to see her child, but was told the toddler had been put in the care of an unidentified person, prompting the woman to file a missing child report with police.

By Tuesday, police arrested Rashid and his wife. Rashid claimed the toddler had developed fits while he was showering her at the Langkawi Hospital quarters two weeks ago. He said she lost consciousness and passed away.

The child’s body was put in a bag by Rashid and taken to the Gunung Raya ravine. Rashid fled with his wife to Ampang after disposing of the body. On Wednesday, police managed to recover parts of the victim’s skull and bits of hair from the ravine.

The body had not been found but body parts were scattered at different locations. The mother was also called to do a DNA test to help identify the body parts at Sultanah Bahiyah Hospital in Alor Setar.

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