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Mother who dumped her baby daughter's dead body in bin 'made up abduction story'

Six-month-old thrown into bin; smartphone revealed web search for 'kill people, keep calm'

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 06 August, 2014, 3:46pm
UPDATED : Thursday, 07 August, 2014, 5:16am

A mother who dumped the dead body of her six-month-old baby girl in a rubbish bin broke down in court yesterday as she admitted fabricating the story about her daughter being snatched from her stroller.

Her claims made headlines and triggered a HK$1.8 million police operation.

Ng Tin-yan, 33, pleaded guilty in the District Court to perverting public justice and preventing the lawful burial of Yu Hoi-ching. She burst into tears as senior prosecutor Jonathan Man Tak-ho read a summary of the facts of the case to her.

Under interrogation last December, Ng told police she had left Hoi-ching home alone while she went to a violin lesson in the middle of November last year. After talking to her teacher, police put the date as November 17.

Ng claimed that when she returned at about midday to her flat in San Po Kong Mansion in Wong Tai Sin, Hoi-ching appeared fine. However, at 9pm she found the little girl had stopped breathing.

After failed attempts to resuscitate the baby, Ng said she decided to dispose of her body in a shared refuse bin on her floor. She said she wrapped the body in three layers of plastic bags fastened with knots.

Ng told police she did not know how the baby died but suspected she had suffocated.

Hoi-ching's body has never been recovered.

The court heard that the baby's father, Yu Chi-wai - a married man with three other children - had been paying Ng's living expenses. But in the early hours of November 17, he told Ng that he no longer loved her during a series of text-message exchanges, which ended with Ng telling him: "You'd better be careful with your kids."

On November 23, Ng contacted police claiming that a woman with a mainland accent and a man had snatched her baby from a stroller outside a Kowloon City park.

But police grew suspicious after examining the internet browsing history on her smartphone. They found searches for topics such as "murder psychology", "disposal of dead bodies" and "dumping babies".

At 1pm on November 17, she had searched "no breath", according to court papers. Man told the court she later searched terms such as "kill people, keep calm" and "domestic offence".

On December 2, Ng was arrested. Police spent a further nine days combing the Tseung Kwan O landfill for traces of the infant's remains. Man said the police operation had cost HK$1.8 million.

Ng has one previous conviction: she was fined HK$500 for common assault when she was a 17-year-old student.

Judge Amanda Woodcock called for background, psychiatric and psychology reports and remanded Ng in custody.

The case was adjourned to September 5.