A 20-year-old woman has been arrested for attacking her mother, 47, with boiling water within a public housing unit in Kwai Fong.
According to Headline Daily, a person surnamed Luk poured boiling water over her mother Tuesday morning, leaving the older woman with second-degree burns on her upper body, including her face.
The attack took place while the mother was asleep, the report says, adding that the victim has been taken to a hospital.
Luk, who came to Hong Kong from mainland China at the age of nine, has been arrested on suspicion of causing bodily injury to another person.
She was subsequently taken to the psychiatric unit of the Kwai Chung Hospital for assessment.
According to Luk’s father, his daughter has failed to adapt to life in Hong Kong and has been receiving treatment for emotional disorders.
Luk stayed with her mother after her parents divorced. She lived with the father in Sha Tin briefly before moving back to her mother’s place in Kwai Fong.
Luk stopped going to school during her secondary three year and has since only taken freelance jobs, her father said.
The young woman was known to be ill-tempered, often throwing objects to vent her emotions.
She always complained that her parents were not making enough money, according to the report.
As for the cause of the Tuesday attack, it is said that Luk had a quarrel with her mother Monday night.
Seething with rage even the next morning, the daughter poured boiling water on her mother who was in bed.
Szeto Hon-ming, a director of the Family and Career Development Service of Hong Kong, said the behavior of the daughter suggests that she may have been a spoiled child while she was growing up.
Parents experiencing conflicts and issues with their children should seek help from professionals, Szeto said.
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