Father named suspect in child abuse case after autopsy results indicate violence occurred

Photo illustration of a crime scene.
Photo illustration of a crime scene.

The corpse of a 13-year-old boy was exhumed this week in Bali’s Karangasem regency as part of an investigation looking into child abuse, with the boy’s father now a suspect in the case. 

The suspect, identified as INK, was arrested on Sunday after police obtained results from the victim’s autopsy that same day. Police believed that INK had assaulted his own son, who has been identified as IKS. 

“From the tip-off, evidence, and expert testimony, it all says there that violence was suspected to have been conducted by one of the victim’s parents, so we have named [his father] as suspect,” Karangasem Precinct Chief, Ricko Abdillah Andang Taruna, said. 

IKS’ family members had grown suspicious of the boy’s death last September after finding some bruises on his skin when they were arranging his burial. 

“Family and relatives, they saw there was something strange, but still carried on with the funeral or burial,” Ricko said.

He explained that they only went to the police a few days after, and police proceeded to exhume IKS’ body with the family’s permission. 

According to reports, INK said that IKS had died due to a fall, after playing kites with his siblings. INK also claimed that he had taken the boy to a local shaman for help, to no avail.

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