Girl put in care after mother dies in row

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 06 June, 2007, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 06 June, 2007, 12:00am

An 11-year-old girl has been handed over to relatives for temporary care after her mother, who had a history of mental illness, died on Monday after a fight between the pair in Kowloon City.

Police last night were still investigating what occurred in their flat on Nga Tsin Long Road when the argument developed.

Police said they had received a call at 7.44pm on Monday from an 11-year-old girl, surnamed Wu, saying her mother had collapsed on a bed in their home.

An ambulance rushed the 42-year-old woman, surnamed So, to Queen Elizabeth Hospital, where she was declared dead at 8.15pm that night.

A police source said there had been a row between the mother and girl before the mother's injury. He said the woman had hit her head on a piece of furniture and knocked herself unconscious.

There was nothing suspicious in her death, a police spokesman said, but a post-mortem examination will be carried out to determine the cause of death.

A neighbour said the pair, who had been staying in the flat for about a year, often had fights and neighbours had frequently made complaints about noise coming from the 100 sq ft flat.

Loud noise had been coming from the flat on Monday night, the neighbour said, and the mother had ignored requests to stop it.

Things had finally become quiet at about 7pm.

The girl was unhurt but was taken to hospital for examination.

Police said the girl's father, who was not staying with the pair, had been contacted.

Social Welfare Department officers handed the girl to relatives on her father's side for temporary care with his approval.

Police said investigations were continuing in the flat last night.