Police have located the mother of a three-year-old boy, several hours after he was found abandoned in a Mong Kok clinic on Thursday.
The Hong Kong-born blond boy, who had a cold, was brought by his mother to the clinic of Dr Siu Shing-man on the 14th floor of the Argyle Centre in Nathan Road for treatment at about 10.30am.
After consult with the doctor, the Putonghua-speaking mother aroubnd noon told a nurse that she did not have enough money and she needed to go to bank.
Police said she then left, leaving her son in the clinic in the care of the nurse. Officers were called in at 1.30pm after the woman failed to return and staff were unable to contact her by phone.
According to police, the boy lived with his mainlander mother in Shenzhen. His father is understood to be an expatriate man.
The boy was sent to Kwong Wah Hospital in Yau Ma Tei for a check-up, but no injuries were found.
He was cared for by medical staff and social workers at Kwong Wah Hospital until police managed to contact his father who came to the hospital. Later they tracked down his mother as well and she took the boy home.
It is understood this was not the first time he had visited the clinic. “Our officers were told the boy has been taken to the clinic more than 10 times,” a police investigator said.
Crime-squad officers from Mong Kok police station had been treating the case as possible ill-treatment to a child, but now they are considering it as a misunderstanding.
The Social Welfare Department urged people with child care and family problems to contact its family services centres across the city or call its 24-hour hotline, 2343 2255, for help.
The department’s figures show there were 894 reports of child abuse last year, up from 877 in 2011.