More than 100 police officers wearing protective gear resumed their grim task of searching at the Tseung Kwan O landfill on Friday morning in the hope of finding the body of a six-month-old girl.
At about 8am, excavators started digging and removing the garbage into marked areas that had been cordoned off by police.
The officers, wearing white protective suits, masks and cut-resistance gloves, then moved in and used spades and wooden sticks to sift through the waste.
Around noon, no trace of the body of Yu Hoi-ching was found. The search is still continuing.
Police say the area to be searched is around the size of a football pitch and is covered with layers of rubbish of six metres thick and weighing 8,000 tonnes.
One police officer, who refused to speculate the chance of finding the body, said: “We are doing all the best.”
The massive hunt began one a day after Hoi-ching’s mother, Ng Tin-yan, appeared before Kowloon City Court charged with preventing the lawful burial of the body.
Ng, 32, initially claimed her daughter was abducted in Kowloon City on November 23, but later told police she had in fact left the baby unattended at home in San Po Kong Mansion on Choi Hung Road so she could attend a violin class on the morning of November 17, the court heard on Wednesday.
The baby was fine when she returned, but at night, the child did not show any signs of life and she performed first aid, the court heard. The following day, Ng put the baby’s body into a rubbish bin at the rear staircase of the building where she lived.
Ng allegedly made up the bogus abduction report to police in an attempt to cover the death. She was arrested on Monday.
She is reportedly a mistress of the baby’s father, who is married with three children. He runs a small waste recycling company.