An unmarried mother who says her six-month-old baby was abducted outside a Kowloon City park at the weekend may have invented the story to scare the girl's father, police sources say.
Suspicion has fallen on the woman's claims of how her baby, Yue Hoi-ching, was taken from a pushchair outside Carpenter Road Park on Saturday night.
Kowloon West regional crime squad is checking out the fabrication theory.
One senior officer voiced concern yesterday about the baby's safety. "The longer she stays missing, the more police fears [for her safety] escalate," he said.
A police spokeswoman said the force had sought help from the relevant government agencies. "The police are investigating all angles," she said.
The 31-year-old mother is understood to be a mistress of the baby's father, who is married with three children. He runs a small waste recycling company.
They met a few years ago when she was a salesgirl, and she became a housewife after getting pregnant, the senior officer said. The man rents a flat for the mother and child in San Po Kong Mansion on Choi Hung Road.
Police received a child abduction report from the mother at about 7.30pm on Saturday.
She claimed she gave directions to a middle-aged woman looking for Wong Tai Sin MTR station, while a man hurried past. She then continued on for a distance before realising her daughter was gone, she told police.
The sun cover of the pushchair was lowered and covered with a red towel. "It was unlikely a person could remove the towel, lift the sun cover, grab the baby and replace everything in a short time without the mother knowing," another police source said.
Inquiries showed the woman had had many disputes with her lover, some over money. "It is possible she fabricated the whole thing to scare him," he said.
Anyone with information is asked to call 6148 0919 or 6148 0920.