Russian Couple Arrested For Street Act Involving Baby In Malaysia
Throwing up into the air and catching a baby is a game some people play at home. It’s all in the name of fun and – perhaps – a giggling baby.
However, it’s quite another thing if you do it in public as a means to earn money. Two Russians have been detained in Malaysia over a street act that involved swinging their baby by the legs and throwing it up into the air.
The couple is being questioned over alleged abuse of the four-month-old girl, police told news agency AFP.
A video of one of their performances has gone viral over the past days, prompting the police to act, report
The parents, aged 27 and 28, are traveling across South East Asia as buskers.
The 90-second video was uploaded on Facebook by a user who described it as an "irresponsible act that can literally cause injury," urging that police should arrest them.
The clip shows a man holding a baby by the feet, swinging it between his legs and raising it above his head while other tourists sit nearby, chanting and playing instruments.
Video of the initial performance shows a man holding the diaper-clad four-month-old infant by its legs, swinging the child through his legs and above his head, while other tourists sit nearby, chanting and playing instruments.
He also throws the baby into the air several times, briefly letting go.
The tourist couple was arrested in the Malaysian capital at around 3.30 p.m. on Monday in the tourist area of Bukit Bintang, while allegedly repeating the performance while trying to solicit donations.
Members of the public had alerted the authorities to the suspected child abuse. Locals are also annoyed at seeing European tourists asking for money to fund their Southeast Asia travel.