Woman arrested after man snatches child from Queen Elizabeth Hospital

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 18 December, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 18 December, 2012, 3:27am

A woman was arrested after the two-year-old daughter of her husband and his mistress was abducted from a hospital by a masked man yesterday.

Police suspect the woman, 56, arranged for the man to snatch the child to scare the mistress. The child was soon found crying on a staircase in Nathan Road.

The woman had had many disputes with her husband over his love affairs, officers said.

The mistress had gone to Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Yau Ma Tei for treatment and was paying the bill in Block E at about 10.50am when the man, wearing a face mask, suddenly appeared and carried the girl away.

He was still being sought last night.

"We believe the man followed the woman into the hospital and waited for a chance to grab the girl," a police source said.

A security guard chased the man who jumped into a taxi with the girl at the hospital entrance. The mother informed hospital staff and the police.

Police received a report 35 minutes later saying the girl, unharmed, was seen crying on the staircase of a restaurant on Nathan Road.

The source said he believed the woman just wanted to scare the mistress, not keep the child.

Police have footage from the hospital's closed-circuit television cameras and are looking for a Cantonese-speaking man, aged 30 to 40, who wore an apricot-coloured jacket.

Yau Tsim district crime squad officers have asked anyone with information to call 3661 1653.