Hong Kong mother put on probation after she punishes son, who then falls from height

Boy was reprimanded for refusing to study; after falling he suffered fractures resulting in partial blindness in one eye

PUBLISHED : Monday, 06 March, 2017, 4:01pm
UPDATED : Monday, 06 March, 2017, 6:33pm

A housewife was placed on probation for one year after her seven-year-old son plunged three floors on to a car after she punished him by making him stand outside the flat for refusing to study last March.

The boy was taken to hospital, where he fell into a coma. He was later admitted to a paediatric intensive care unit, after doctors found he had fractures in his skull and around an eye, resulting in him becoming partially blind in his left eye.

The 36-year-old mother, whom the Post has not named to protect the child, pleaded guilty last month to one count of neglect by those in charge of a child.

West Kowloon Court heard the mother made her son stand outside the door of their Kwai Chung subdivided flat. She went inside to cook when she suddenly heard a loud bang and found her son was missing.

The boy was later located on top of a car after he bounced off a nearby canopy.

Upon arrest, the mother told police: “I only meant to punish my son by making him stand in the corridor. I never thought he would fall.”

Her lawyer added in mitigation that the boy had since recovered.

Acting principal magistrate So Wai-tak said he believed the woman did not want the incident to happen and did not want to see her son injured.

“I hope the incident has taught you a lesson,” he said.

He adopted a probation officer’s recommendation of a 12-month order, adding: “The probation will help strengthen your childcare.”