Hong Kong woman arrested after death of 3-year-old daughter

Husband called police after finding girl unconscious

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 01 February, 2017, 7:39pm
UPDATED : Thursday, 02 February, 2017, 1:25am

A mentally ill woman was arrested for allegedly murdering her young daughter, who was found unconscious at a Fanling flat on Wednesday afternoon.

The father, 34, received a call from his wife, who allegedly told him she had strangled their girl. Their daughter was to turn four years old next week.

The Indian man returned home to find the girl unconscious on a bed at their home in Cheung Tak House, Cheung Wah Estate. He called for an ambulance at about 5.10pm.

The girl was sent to North District Hospital, where she was declared dead soon after.

Investigators arrested the 30-year-old woman after finding injuries on the girl’s neck. By Wednesday night, she was still being held for questioning.

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A police source said the housewife had been suffering from depression and investigators believed she had strangled the girl with her bare hands.

Tai Po district crime squad chief inspector Kwong Yim-chun said the mother was sitting calmly at the end of the bed when ambulance personnel and police arrived. Her mental state during the alleged murder was to be examined, she said.

The mother had been consulting doctors and taking medication regularly and the family had no violence record, she added.

A post-mortem was expected to confirm the cause of death.