A mahjong addict who abandoned her one-year-old daughter for six days while she gambled has vowed to kick the habit and spend more time with her children after a court put her on probation for a year. The defendant, Chu Lai-kuen, was also ordered to seek psychological treatment. Chu, 42, pleaded guilty to six counts of child abuse. Acting principal magistrate Amanda Woodcock yesterday accepted a sentencing report that said the mother had confessed her urge to play mahjong began when she woke. Kwun Tong Court heard that Chu, a housewife, was arrested after her construction worker husband, 46, turned her over to the police. He made the decision because Chu had often left the couple's youngest child alone or in the care of her sisters, aged 11 and 15, at the family's home in Tsz Wan Shan. The magistrate said it was fortunate Chu's daughters were supportive. Ms Woodcock told Chu that her husband wished to go to work without worrying about the children. She warned the mother to complete her treatment because the habit was hard to beat without professional help. Weeping, Chu - who represented herself - vowed never to gamble again. 'I know I was wrong,' she said. 'I hope you will give me another chance so I can have the time to care for my three daughters.' The magistrate said it would not worry her to pass a custodial sentence if Chu reoffended. However, Ms Woodcock said she did want to do so because it would leave the couple's daughters without proper care.