A retired structural steelworker jumped to his death from his Ngau Tau Kok flat Monday, holding his 13-month-old grandson, am730 reported Tuesday.
The 68-year-old man, who lived in Choi Tak Estate with his wife, son, daughter-in-law and the grandson, had no record of any mental illness, police confirmed.
The man, surnamed Tang, was said to be depressed because he was out of a job.
He had told his wife and daughter-in-law the same morning that he wanted to end his life.
Tang and his grandson were rushed to United Christian Hospital in Kwun Tong and were certified dead at 1:30 p.m. and 1:32 p.m., respectively.
The baby’s father was in his bedroom when the incident took place, while Tang’s wife was in the kitchen.
Police are investigating. They were uncertain whether Tang had been drinking before he jumped from the living-room window, as half a bottle of rice wine was found on the dining table.
To Hau-wah, chief executive of Harmony House, a social service organization, said elderly people easily develop negative emotions, thinking they have become a burden for the family and losing hope in their lives.
She said family members should listen closely if any elderly people at home mention suicide. To also said looking after babies could also impose additional pressure on the elderly.
Old people who are emotionally disturbed should not be asked to babysit, she said.
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