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Suicide note and knives found in bedroom of woman who may have thrown toddler before falling from fourth-floor flat

Her two-year-old son survived but is fighting for his life

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 24 July, 2018, 4:23pm
UPDATED : Tuesday, 24 July, 2018, 10:43pm

A two-year-old boy was fighting for his life in hospital after possibly being thrown out of a window by his mother on Tuesday, police said.

The 35-year-old woman, Leung Ho-yee, was found on the ground next to the toddler on a public housing estate in Yau Tong when emergency personnel arrived on the scene at about 2.50pm.

The single mother was taken unconscious to United Christian Hospital in Kwun Tong and certified dead at 3.30pm.

Police found a suicide note, blood and three knives in the only bedroom in the fourth-floor flat at Wah Tong House.

They classified the case as attempted murder-suicide.

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A police source said the woman was believed to have injured herself with a knife before she fell.

The source added the family’s domestic helper had been out and when she returned to the flat, Leung answered the door, bleeding from injuries to her neck and both arms.

“The boy and his mother fell off the building when the helper went to seek help from neighbours,” the source said.

“Initial information showed the boy tumbled first and then his mother fell.”

The toddler’s sister, four, was out with their grandmother when the incident occurred.

Police would only say it was possible the boy was first thrown out of a window before Leung jumped from the flat. They said she worked as a fashion designer.

A spokeswoman for the force said the boy was unconscious while being taken to Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Yau Ma Tei for treatment. By Tuesday night he was in a critical condition.

No knife wounds were found on the boy, surnamed Lee, but his left arm was broken and he had sustained an injury to the back of his head.

Another source said police would be checking the woman’s medical background.

“Officers were told at the scene that the woman probably suffered from postnatal depression,” the source said.

He said the woman lived with her two children and the domestic helper, but there was no record of a husband. Police contacted the woman’s mother and her other relatives.

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On Tuesday night, the flat was cordoned off as officers and forensic experts investigated.

A spokesman from the Social Welfare Department said the family was receiving help from a family service centre run by a non-profit organisation. The centre had been in touch with the family since the tragedy.

People who are distressed or in need of support can contact the Samaritan Befrienders’ 24-hour hotline on 2389 2222; the Suicide Prevention Services on 2382 0000; or the Society for the Promotion of Hospice Care on 2868 1211. A hotline for those who have lost a loved one to suicide is available at 2382 2737.