Tragedy struck a Filipino family living in Hong Kong on Valentine’s Day.
Police arrested a 41-year-old mother on suspicion of negligence after her three-year-old daughter plunged to her death from a commercial building in Yau Ma Tei on Sunday, Apple Daily reported.
Initial investigation showed that the victim and her one-year-old sister were brought by their parents to Arrow Employment Services on the 16th floor of Sunbeam Commercial Building at 469 Nathan Road for a Sunday religious service, which they regularly attended.
The Filipino father, a pastor, told police he usually took the victim to the male toilet near the employment agency’s office.
But on Sunday, around 30 minutes before the incident happened, he went to the toilet by himself before going downstairs.
It was suspected that the victim went to the toilet, which was not locked, to look for her father.
She may have stepped on the toilet in one of two cubicles and looked down from the window, which is not fitted with window bars, in search of her father.
When the accident took place, the mother was with the youngest child inside the employment agency, not aware of the other daughter’s whereabouts.
It was around 1:45 p.m. when the victim was seen lying unconscious on a platform on the fourth floor of the building overlooking Arthur Street.
She was rushed to Kwong Wah Hospital where she was pronounced dead.
Police found the window inside a toilet cubicle had been pushed open and there were shoe prints on the toilet tank and the window sill, apparently left behind by the child before she fell to her death.
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