Autistic boy, 14, falls to his death from Hong Kong home for disabled

According to police, teen likely tried to escape from care facility after removing window grille from third floor of building

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 24 August, 2016, 8:31am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 24 August, 2016, 8:31am

A 14-year-old autistic boy fell to his death from a Kwai Chung home for the disabled when he tried to run away.

The boy, who lived in the Bridge of Rehabilitation in Man Shing Building on Wo Tong Tsui Street for about two years, was found by neighbours lying unconscious in a back alley of the building shortly before 5pm on Tuesday.

He was taken to Yan Chai Hospital where he was later declared dead.

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Police found nothing suspicious.

Investigators believed that the accident happened when the boy tried to escape after removing the window grille in a vacant room on the third floor of the building.

According to a police source,the boy’s father told police the teen had disclosed he was not happy in the home and wanted to leave.

The Bridge of Rehabilitation, which is operated by Graceful Home and occupies the second and third floors of Man Shing Building, was not available for comments.

The Social Welfare Department said it was getting more information about the accident from the home, which would need to submit a report.

It also contacted the family to provide assistance.