Body of 'abducted' baby believed be in Tseung Kwan O landfill, say police
Body of missing infant believed to be in Tseung Kwan O landfill, say police
The body of the six-month-old baby, whose mother was accused of staging a bogus abduction to cover up her death last month, was believed to have been buried under layers of rubbish in the Tseung Kwan O landfill, police sources said on Tuesday morning.
Crime squad officers are now trying to identify the exact area in the huge landfill where the body was probably buried before they dig open the area and send in officers to search.
Officers are understood to be discussing how to retrieve the body with related government departments such as the Environmental Protection Department and the landfill contractor.
“We will seek help from the force’s elite search team – Key Points and Search Division – and the Police Tactical Unit to find the body,” one police source said.
But he added that it was unlikely the search would be carried out on Tuesday. It is understood that police had to consider various aspects such as hygiene and the safety of officers.
The move came after Hoi-ching’s mother allegedly told police on Monday afternoon that the toddler was found dead at home in San Po Kong Mansion in Choi Hung Road, San Po Kung, and that she had dumped the body in a rubbish bin in the middle of last month.
Shortly after midnight on Monday, police escorted the mother, 31, hooded and in chains, back to her home to reconstruct the crime. She remained in the building for less than half an hour and was then taken back to Kowloon City police station.
Forensic pathologists and government laboratory staff have collected evidence from her home and from the building.
Early on Tuesday morning, officers seized a big green rubbish bin as evidence from the rear staircase of the building and also seized a computer from the mother’s home.
On November 23, police received a report saying Hoi-ching had been abducted from her pushchair outside Carpenter Road Park in Kowloon City at 7.30pm.
The mother claimed she had been giving directions to a middle-aged woman looking for Wong Tai Sin MTR station when a man hurried past. She said she continued for a while before realising her daughter had been snatched from the stroller.
About 45 minutes before the abduction was reported the woman was captured on a security camera pushing a stroller from San Po Kong Mansion. Police believe the top was down and there was no baby in it.
Officers also found that the child had not been seen in footage from the surveillance camera for several days before the report was made.
Another police source said that the day after police received the abduction report, officers searched 80 rubbish bins at the rear staircases of the 20-storey building and seized tens of bags of rubbish as part of their investigation.
The woman is the mistress of the baby’s father, who is married with three children. They met a few years ago when she was working as a saleswoman.