Mother surrenders to Hong Kong police 12 hours after her twins, 3, are found alone in flat
In separate case, domestic helper arrested on suspicion of violently shaking a two-month-old boy in her care
A 32-year-old woman surrendered herself to police on Tuesday afternoon, about 12 hours after her three-year-old twin daughters were found locked up without adult supervision in a Kowloon City public housing estate.
The children were sent to Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Yau Ma Tei for a medical assessment after firefighters broke through the front door of their flat to free them, according to police.
“The twin sisters were uninjured and taken to hospital for a check-up,” a police source said.
The arrest was made at about 4pm shortly after the woman walked into Kowloon City Police Station on Argyle Street.
It was understood she went to the station after she returned home and found a note left behind by police.
Authorities said the woman was arrested for child abuse.
By Tuesday evening, she was still being held for questioning and had not been charged.
Emergency personnel were first notified of the situation at a Narcissus House flat in Ma Tau Wai Estate on Shing Tak Street at 3.30am. Neighbours had heard noises from the flat and went to check on the children.
Police said one of the neighbours found no adults inside the flat and, fearing for the girls’ safety, called authorities.
Separately on Tuesday, a domestic helper is in police custody after being arrested on suspicion of violently shaking a two-month-old boy in her care.
The case came to light when the infant continuously cried at home and his mother took him to the emergency unit of Tuen Mun Hospital on July 2.
The mother, 31, called police last Friday after she was briefed on the medical examination results.
“Medical staff found bleeding in the victim’s brain and suspected the boy had been shaken,” a police source said.
“The baby still remains in hospital and his condition is stable.”
An initial investigation showed the Indonesian maid, 44, was suspected to have abused the baby in the family’s flat on Tuen Lee Street, Tuen Mun, the afternoon of July 2, police said.
On Monday, police arrested the domestic helper on suspicion of ill-treatment or neglect of a child. The maid was understood to have worked for the family for several years.
By noon Tuesday, she was still being held for questioning at Tuen Mun Police Station and had not been charged.
The Social Welfare Department handled 256 cases of child abuse in the first three months of this year and a total of 892 cases last year.
Among the 256 cases, 63 per cent involved the children’s parents, while 42 per cent of such cases were also related to physical abuse, according to government statistics.