A mother was arrested on suspicion of murdering her 18-month-old baby daughter in her Sham Shui Po home yesterday.
The baby girl was said to have been chopped about 10 times on the back of her neck in a flat in Wing Chun House, Wing Cheong Estate, at about 6.40pm.
The infant was certified dead at about 7.35pm after being taken to Kwong Wah Hospital.
Assistant Sham Shui Po police district commander Suen Suet-ying said the mother, 36, surnamed Chu, called police claiming her child was being kidnapped and was tied up.
"When officers arrived at the scene, a nine-year-old child was standing outside the flat," said Suen. "When officers entered the flat, they found the baby lying in a pool of blood on the floor of the kitchen. Officers also found a bloodstained chopper."
Suen said there was no record of the woman suffering from mental illness. But she said the woman looked unstable emotionally when she was speaking to officers.
"She told officers that she had killed the baby," she said.
The woman had wrist and neck injuries.
The woman has lived in the apartment with her son and the baby for about six months, according to police.
She is unemployed and is a welfare recipient.
The father was not at home when the incident took place and police are trying to locate him.
An initial police investigation showed the family did not have any history of domestic violence.