Abandoned: disabled girl thought to have been dumped in Hong Kong by mainland family
Police say seven-year-old found in Sheung Shui unable to stand or walk
A disabled girl who was apparently raised by her parents on the mainland after she was born in Hong Kong seven years ago was believed to have been brought across the border and abandoned in the city on Thursday, the Post has learned.
The seven-year-old, cleft-lipped girl could not communicate with others or walk when she was found abandoned in a stroller at a public housing estate in Sheung Shui, the Post was told.
On Friday, she was being cared for at Alice Ho Miu Ling Nethersole Hospital in Tai Po.
Police said the girl was found on Thursday afternoon in a pushchair near a bus stop outside a car park in Choi Yuen Estate, a short distance from Sheung Shui MTR station.
A security guard alerted police after the girl was left unattended in the pushchair for more than an hour.
“No injuries were found,” a police source said of the girl. “She failed to respond when officers spoke to her. It appears she is mentally disabled.”
“She was also unable to stand or walk,” the source added. “Medical tests are needed to find out what health problems she has.”
Police said the girl did not possess any identification documents when she was found.
“A note written with her name was found in the pushchair saying she was born in Princess Margaret Hospital (in Hong Kong),” another source said.
“Waiting for the Social Welfare Department to take over” was also written in the note, the source added.
The girl’s identification was established after officers checked with the hospital. It is understood her parents did not leave a registered address in Hong Kong and officers failed to find them.
Sources believed the girl was abandoned in the city so she would be better cared for.
Police are investigating whether she was brought through Lo Wu immigration control point, located one station away from Sheung Shui MTR station.
On Friday morning, detectives were poring over CCTV footage in the area to establish who had left the girl there. Police said officers would check immigration records to find out when she came across the border.
The youngster is about 1.2 metres tall, with short black hair and of thin build.
She was wearing a round-neck T-shirt with blue and white stripes, dark brown shorts and black shoes.
Police are appealing for anyone with information to contact 3661 3600 or 3661 3559. Emails can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Crime squad officers from the Tai Po police district are investigating. Police said whoever abandoned the girl could face a charge of ill treatment or neglect of a child, which carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in jail.
Police alerted the Social Welfare Department about the abandoned girl. It is understood a care and protection order will be sought in court to award the department custodial authority of the girl.