Parents could be charged with negligence after Malaysian toddler who fell from escalator suffers fractured skull

A screengrab from a CCTV footage showing the incident.
A screengrab from a CCTV footage showing the incident.PHOTO: THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK

GEORGE TOWN (THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - The three-year-old girl who fell from an escalator at a shopping complex in Penang is still unconscious.

George Town OCPD Asst Comm Mior Faridalathrash Wahid said the toddler, who suffered a fractured skull and brain haemorrhage in the incident on Sunday (Oct 16), can only move her fingers slightly.

"She has not been operated on yet. We have taken statements from her parents and the doctor examining her," he said in a statement.

A closed-circuit television recording showed the toddler with her father, mother and elder brother shopping just before the incident.

The toddler was being carried on the father's shoulders as they got on the escalator. The brother was standing in front of them.


According to a statement by the complex's joint management body, the boy shoved a balloon stick into the escalator brush.

On reaching the first floor, the boy tripped and one of his fingers got stuck in the escalator. The mother tried to help her son but stumbled backwards.

The father panicked and tried to help his wife and son, causing his daughter to fall off his shoulders.

In Putrajaya, Women, Family and Community Development Minister Rohani Abdul Karim said the parents could be charged under the Child Act with negligence.