Date
24 September 2017
Police officers cordon off a crime scene where an 18-month-old girl was killed. Photo: Commercial Radio
Police officers cordon off a crime scene where an 18-month-old girl was killed. Photo: Commercial Radio

Infant’s death moves veteran policeman to tears

A police officer with more than a quarter of a century of murder investigations under his belt described weeping at the crime scene of an 18-month-old girl allegedly killed by her mother at a Sham Shui Po home this week.

In comments circulated online, the officer said he broke down and cried after the child was found in a pool of blood on the kitchen floor and the 36-year-old mother, in bloodied clothes, admitted using a kitchen knife to stab the girl in the back of her neck, according to a Ming Pao Daily report on Friday.

Officers went to the home Wednesday night when the mother called the police to say her nine-year-old son had been kidnapped, the report said. Police arrived to find the boy outside his home. His mother had refused to let him in the flat after he returned from a tutorial class. 

The officer said the boy was calm and asked the police to get his sports uniform because he had a physical education class the next day, the report said.

Sing Tao Daily said the police force had arranged counseling services for the investigation team.

Sky Post reported the woman came to Hong Kong in 1993 and married her husband on the mainland in 2004. The father said the couple had separated but not divorced, and he visited the children in Sham Shui Po. He did not notice anything usual when he contacted his wife and only learned about the incident when he returned to Hong Kong Thursday morning, the report said.

The report cited a police spokesman as saying the officer’s comments on the case did not pervert the course of justice because they were simply an expression of an emotional response.

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