Nanny and girlfriend arrested on suspicion of abusing girl, 4, who was found to be bleeding in brain
Child and her twin sister were to be looked after as mother moved house
A four-year-old girl was receiving treatment in the intensive care unit of a Hong Kong hospital on Friday night after she was found suffering bleeding in the brain and multiple bruises on her body.
Police arrested her nanny, 36, and the nanny’s girlfriend, 41, at a guest house in Mong Kok on suspicion of abusing the girl. As of Friday night, the two were being held for questioning and had not been charged.
Officers from the Kowloon West child abuse investigation unit were handling the case.
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The girl and her twin sister were sent to the nanny to be looked after in a Mong Kok flat on November 22 as their mother was busy moving to a new home in Hung Hom. The sister suffered no injury and was handed back to her mother two days later.
The child abuse came to light when the mother was asked to pick up the injured daughter on Friday.
The girl was in a semi-conscious state and suffering multiple bruises when her mother arrived at about 9am, police said. The mother immediately took her to Kwong Wah Hospital in Yau Ma Tei to seek medical treatment.
A police source said initial examination showed the girl had suffered bleeding in the brain.
Senior inspector Wu Hoi-ling, of Kowloon West regional crime squad, said police found many bruises and traces of burns all over the girl’s body, including in her head, face, hands, feet and abdomen.
“The injuries are quite visible,” Wu said. “There are some serious bruises in the belly.”
Wu said the case was being investigated as wounding with intent to do grievous bodily harm.
Detectives went to the nanny’s home in Mong Kok but failed to find her.
After investigation, officers found the nanny and her girlfriend hiding in a guest house in the busy Kowloon district, where the pair were arrested.
“Initial investigation showed the two suspects had accused the girl of being naughty,” the source said.