A 32-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of assault and cruelty to a child after he allegedly kicked his nine-month-old daughter out of his car along with his 38-year-old girlfriend at a Hong Kong public housing estate in the early hours of today. According to a police source, the man had about two months earlier been accused of causing injury to the baby in a separate alleged abuse case at a convenience store. The source said police and the Social Welfare Department would follow up on the case to ensure the welfare of the toddler and the woman. Read more: Hong Kong must be more vigilant to child abuse say campaigners The incident took place after the car pulled up outside Shin Nga House at Fu Shin Estate on On Po Road in Tai Po shortly after 2.15am, according to police. “The couple allegedly had a dispute over a romantic problem while in the car, and the man was suspected of kicking the two victims out of the vehicle,” a police spokesman said. The woman then called police. Officers arrested the man at the scene. According to the source, the woman suffered injuries to her hands and legs and the toddler sustained head injuries. They were taken conscious to Alice Ho Miu Ling Nethersole Hospital in Tai Po for treatment. It is understood the man had previously been arrested for possessing illegal drugs. At lunchtime, the man was being held for questioning and had not been charged. Police are treating the case as “assault occasioning actual bodily harm” and “cruelty to a child”. Detectives from the Tai Po police district are investigating. Figures from the Social Welfare Department show there were 385 new cases of child abuse reported in the first six months of this year. Some 62 per cent of abusers were parents of the victims and 51 per cent of the 385 cases involved physical abuse. There were 856 cases of child abuse reported last year, about 12.5 per cent down on the figure of 963 for 2013.