Couple held for leaving baby in corridor

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 23 February, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 23 February, 2012, 12:00am


A couple who left their five-month-old son unattended late at night in a corridor at a block of flats in Kwun Tong were arrested yesterday.

Police were also looking for the father of a six-year-old boy accused of beating the child with a hanger at their home in Lam Tin.

The baby was found shortly before midnight on Tuesday by a 54-year-old woman on the 21st floor of Tsui Wing House at Tsui Ping (South) Estate in Kwun Tong. Two bags of baby clothing and products had been left beside him.

The woman called the police and alerted the boy's grandmother, 55, who lived on the same floor. 'His grandmother reportedly told police that she had argued with [the boy's] parents when she refused to lend them money and then the couple left with the baby,' a police officer said.

The baby was not injured but was taken to United Christian Hospital in Kwun Tong for a check-up.

The parents, aged 22 and 24, were arrested when they arrived to visit the boy at the hospital shortly before 8am yesterday. Police continued to question the parents last night, but had not charged them with any offence.

In a separate case, police were called to Buddhist Chi King Primary School in Kowloon Bay by a teacher, who was concerned about the welfare of a six-year-old boy who had come to class with injuries to his forehead, face and left leg.

'The boy claimed he was punished and beaten with a hanger at home [in Lam Tin] on Tuesday night because he left his jacket at school,' another police officer said.

The boy was also treated at United Christian Hospital and police were looking for his father, 67, last night.

The Social Welfare Department is following up on the two cases. The department received 642 reports of child abuse in the first nine months of last year. A total of 1,001 cases of child abuse were recorded in the whole of 2010. There were 993 cases in 2009.