A woman who poked her child with a pin and beat her with coat hangers has been placed on probation for a year. Chan Foo-ha, 32, pleaded guilty earlier to ill-treatment of her nine-year-old daughter. Society did not allow corporal punishment, Deputy Magistrate Ko Wai-hung said in Kowloon City Court yesterday. Chan, who moved to Hong Kong from the mainland in 2005, told a social worker she would poke the child with a pin every time she told a lie. It was later discovered that in 2007, Chan pressed the blade of a pair of scissors against the girl's knee, leaving a scar, beat her with a stick and brushed the back of a knife down the girl's back. She did so because her daughter had been naughty and made mistakes in her homework. Defence lawyer Mandy Wong Lok-man said Chan had only reached Primary Two and wanted her children to do better. Ko said the case was serious and that Chan should not take out her frustrations violently on her daughter. He hoped Chan would reflect on her mistakes.