Police to question staff of mortuary

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 17 January, 2009, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 17 January, 2009, 12:00am

Police say they will interview mortuary staff in connection with the body of a baby boy that went missing from Pamela Youde Nethersole Eastern Hospital last month.

An investigation has been continuing for almost two weeks, but no criminal element had yet been found.

'After searching the landfill for the body, police will interview the mortuary staff and related persons in the case for further investigation,' Chief Inspector Chow Siu-tong said yesterday.

Because the baby's parents and a member of the Hospital Authority investigation panel suspected there had been a cover-up, Chief Inspector Chow said police would conduct a thorough investigation.

He said other elements of the investigation had prompted police to search clinical waste from hospitals at Tseung Kwan O landfill from December 20 and 21.

The baby's body was apparently last seen at the hospital on December 19.

Responding to suggestions police had been misled about the dates, Chief Inspector Chow pledged that the case would be professionally investigated. Police said they would co-operate with the Hospital Authority in their inquiry.

The Hospital Authority has set up an investigation panel to review the case of the missing body. The panel has met once and is to have its next meeting on Thursday. It is expected to interview the hospital staff involved in the incident.

A report would be submitted in six weeks.