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Man Held Over Facebook Child Abuse Video
Police have arrested a mechanic for alleged child abuse after a video of a toddler being hit by his stepdad was put on Facebook.
A 32-year-old suspect was held over the nine-minute video which was first posted by Facebook user Vasu Amaithi Padai on Tuesday, according to the New Straits Times.
The video, which has 44,537 shares, shows the three-year-old being physically abused by his stepfather whilst a baby and another toddler are in the room.
The child is slapped to the ground, held in the air and punched repeatedly and beaten with a various objects.
He is now being treated in a Malaysian hospital and under the supervision of social welfare officers.
Many Facebook users expressed outrage and demanded the police take action against the individual and the video-maker.
Facebook user, Alice Perumal, commented: "Oh my god! It is so cruel! Is this his real father? Who is doing the shooting (the video)? I can't stop crying after watch this ..."
In a statement to the media through their Facebook account, the Royal Malaysian Police confirmed that the man in the footage was the stepfather to the three-year-old toddler, said the newspaper.