Woman says son, 3, choked on dumpling A single mother told police she put the body of her three-year-old son in a rubbish bag and watched until collectors took it away, a court heard yesterday. Leung Man-ki said she had put the body of the boy, Leung Chun-hin, in a plastic bag after he choked to death on a sticky rice dumpling, and disposed of it among other rubbish bags outside a convenience store, the District Court was told. The body, dumped on June 14 this year, has never been recovered. Leung, 29, pleaded guilty before Judge Colin Mackintosh to one count of preventing the burial of a corpse. Prosecutors offered no evidence on a charge of cruelty to a child, which she denied. Judge Mackintosh ordered probation, psychological and psychiatric reports for sentencing on January 8. Prosecutor Alvin Chui Ho-yin told the court that the offence came to light on July 5 when Leung's mother, Chin Lai-foon, told police she had lost contact with her daughter. Leung had refused to allow Ms Chin to talk to Chun-hin on the telephone since mid-June, always claiming that he was sleeping. Police finally tracked Leung down in August after investigators found her boyfriend, Tsang Wing-hing, who led them to her in a park in To Kwa Wan. She told them she had bought Chun-hin a sticky rice dumpling for breakfast on the morning of June 14 and left him while she went to bed. When she awoke, she said Chun-hin, afraid of being punished for eating too slowly, had tried to gulp the dumpling down and had choked. She had tried to helped him vomit it up by patting his back and putting her finger down his throat, but his heart had stopped. Leung said she held Chun-hin in her arms all morning before going out in the afternoon to buy some plastic rubbish bags. She put the body in a bag and placed it among other bags outside the store, watching until workers threw it on to a collection truck. Her boyfriend had advised her to call the police but she did not, Mr Chui said. During the police interview, Leung said her boyfriend had not assisted her in dumping the corpse and she had asked him to leave when she took it away to be dumped. Judge Mackintosh said it was a serious offence because disposing of the child's body in the way she did had hindered proper investigation into the cause of death. 'I understand that you've given an account to explain the incident but there is no independent evidence to show the cause of death, whether it is accidental, natural, or by other means,' he told Leung.