Domestic helper arrested for alleged murder of toddler in Tin Shui Wai

The two-year-old boy was found unconscious in bed

PUBLISHED : Monday, 24 October, 2016, 8:00pm
UPDATED : Tuesday, 25 October, 2016, 12:05pm

A domestic helper has been arrested by police for the alleged murder of a two-year-old Indian boy in her care.

The 22-year-old helper worked for the boy’s parents, aged 33 and 39, who lived in a Central Park Tower apartment on Tin Yan road in Tin Shui Wai, according to police.

The Indian helper was left to take care of the toddler when the couple left home at about 8 am on Monday morning and went to work. The home was fixed with a surveillance camera.

Fears were raised when the couple found the camera did not work at about 9.30 am and asked their neighbour to check the home, but no one answered the door.

When the couple returned home, a police source said “they found their son unconscious in bed but their maid was missing”.

The mother then called police at about midday.

According to police, the pair took a taxi and brought the boy to Tuen Mun Hospital, where he was declared dead shortly after 12.30 pm.

A manhunt for the helper was then launched. Patrolling policemen later found her wandering in Lau Fau Shan. She was detained for questioning at Tin Shui Wai police station on Monday evening. Detectives from the Yuen Long district crime squad were investigating as well.

Investigators found blood in the toddler’s nose, but forensic pathologists had yet to see if it was from a bleeding nose or if it is related to an attack.

The child had no apparent injuries.

Police said the maid was getting along well with her boss for over the past seven months of service.

When asked whether the toddler had been shaken or thrown to the floor, the source said it was too early to tell, and an autopsy would be carried out to establish the cause of death.