Shahrul Rizal Abdul Hamid, 36, pulled the hair of his 13-year-old daughter at their home in Taman Seri Emas, Kuala Kangsar on May 15.
His wife tried to stop him but was slapped on her left cheek. He then dragged her by the hair and slammed her head into a chair.
Kuala Kangsar OCPD Asst Comm Razali Ibrahim said, upon seeing this, the frightened child ran into a room, with her father following.
“When the mother again tried to stop the suspect, he twisted her left hand, punched her in the stomach, hit her head against the wall, dragged her across the floor and started choking her.
“Worried of her mother, the child screamed and asked the suspect to let her go,” said Razali.
He said the unemployed suspect and his wife were in the middle of divorce, adding that the incident had traumatised the wife and their two children.
The case is being investigated under Sec 31 (1) (a) Child Act 2011 and 323/326a Penal Code.