Mom of two arrested after foul home discovery

Top News | Staff reporters 12 Jan 2018

Police have arrested a 31-year-old mother on suspicion of child negligence for keeping her children aged four and eight in a Mong Kok partitioned flat fouled by feces and urine.

That comes days after the death of five-year-old Chan Sui-lam raised concerns about child-abuse cases going undetected. Chief Executive Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor has since promised a review.

Two social workers from a non-government organization went to Nam Tau Street in Mong Kok at around 4pm yesterday to try and visit the two children - a girl and her younger brother - as they had stopped going to school.

The girl, in Primary Three, last went to school on January 2, while her brother, in Kindergarten One, was last seen on December 7.

The social workers kept knocking at the door, but the mother refused to let them in. Worried, they called police.

When Mong Kok district police officers carrying shields and iron bars entered the 150-square-foot partitioned flat they said they were horrified at what they found.

"There were feces and rubbish in the flat," said chief inspector Chan Yuk-man. "The floor was wet with what seemed to be urine."

There was also a dog in the unit, which was further partitioned into a sitting room and a bedroom. Although it was 16 degrees Celsius yesterday afternoon, the boy was naked.

The mother and children were sent to Kwong Wah Hospital for checks.

Social workers have been on the case for a year as the family has faced financial difficulties.

In the case of the death of Chan, she was found unconscious at home last Saturday with wounds all over her body. She was certified dead upon arriving at hospital. Her father and stepmother have since been charged with murder.

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