Toddler is found near reservoir after family dispute

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 27 September, 2003, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 27 September, 2003, 12:00am

Police were last night seeking to interview the mother of a two-year-old boy, who was located by a massive search yesterday after apparently spending Thursday night alone near the Pokfulam Reservoir in Aberdeen.

The exact circumstances in which the boy went missing are still unknown.

Both the boy and his 36-year-old mother were being treated in Queen Mary Hospital, where both were in stable conditions.

Fire Services divers, police and a Government Flying Service helicopter took part in the three-hour search.

The alert was raised shortly before 9am, when a team of Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department officers came across the woman on a walking trail near the reservoir.

She was in an hysterical state.

The woman, who was suffering minor abrasions to her hands and legs, told the officers, who had been on a routine patrol, that she had lost her son and had spent all night looking for him.

A report was made to the police, who called in the Fire Services divers and the GFS helicopter to join the search.

The child was eventually located sitting next to a drainage trench just after noon.

Police said last night they had not yet been able to speak to the woman to determine how she came to lose the boy.

The woman's husband told police his wife took the boy with her after they had a domestic dispute at their Sau Mau Ping home on Thursday.

Police said they believed the woman later went to Hong Kong island, up the Peak and walked along Harlech Road, which could lead to the reservoir area.

The boy was admitted to hospital suffering minor abrasions to his head.