A woman was horrified when she found her four-year-old granddaughter naked in an indoor maze at a Yau Tong mall.
The girl told police a boy of around the same age had removed her clothes.
The incident occurred inside a large maze at an indoor playground in Domain Mall last month, Apple Daily reported Sunday.
The girl’s mother told the newspaper that at about 4 p.m. on Aug. 31, her daughter, nicknamed Tung Tung, was playing under the supervision of her 64-year-old grandmother at the mall.
The grandmother reportedly saw Tung Tung playing happily hand in hand with a boy of about her age, but nothing seemed suspicious.
About 10 minutes after Tung Tung entered Play Academy’s sensory integration maze, the grandmother went looking for her.
She was horrified when she saw Tung Tung in the nude, holding her clothes.
Tung Tung’s mother was informed and immediately rushed over.
She took her daughter to make a police report.
The girl told a policewoman a boy dressed in a Mickey Mouse T-shirt and blue trousers, removed her dress, pants and socks while they were inside the hidden plastic tubing and cubicles on the third floor of the maze.
She said the boy touched her back and bottom.
A doctor examined Tung Tung and found that she was unharmed.
Since under the law, children under 10 cannot be guilty of any offence, police could only give an oral warning to his mother, a single parent who was not present during the incident.
Tung Tung’s mother said she decided to speak up to draw the attention of other parents to potential safety and security issues inside the indoor playground.
More staff have since been stationed inside the maze, but some corners remain unattended, the report said.
Fernando Cheung Chiu-hung, the lawmaker representing the social welfare sector, said the incident was a serious one.
He reckoned that the boy could have behaved in the way he did in imitation of someone else or as a result of something bad that might have happened to himself at home.
Cheung urged the police to transfer the case to the Social Welfare Department for it to follow up and provide counseling to the children and their families.
Barrister Albert Luk Wai-hung said the legal presumption that a child under the age of 10 cannot have criminal intent might be outdated.
He agreed that the Social Welfare Department should follow up.
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