Police have detained a domestic helper from India for questioning after her employer’s two-year-old son in her care was found unconscious in bed and pronounced dead in hospital while she was away.
The toddler’s father, an Indian who works for a trading company in Tsim Sha Tsui, told police he had hired the 22-year-old maid from his hometown about six months ago, Apple Daily reports.
His wife’s brother also revealed the maid, who has no relatives in Hong Kong, has been getting along well with the family since she started working in their apartment at Central Park Tower in Tin Shui Wai.
According to police, the parents used to watch their son from their workplaces through web cameras installed at their flat with the maid the only person at home taking care of the toddler.
But around noon on Monday, the cameras appeared to have stopped working and they could not reach the maid, prompting them to rush home to see what happened.
Upon reaching home, they saw their son lying unconscious in bed with nosebleed but the maid was not there.
They then took their child by taxi to Tuen Mun Hospital, where the toddler was later pronounced dead.
Police arrived at the apartment after receiving a report from the parents and started looking for the maid until she was found later in the afternoon in Lau Fau Shan near Tin Shui Wai and taken to the police station for questioning.
A translator was called in for help because she could only speak Hindi.
It was not clear why the maid had left the boy alone, Ming Pao Daily reported.
An autopsy was arranged to determine the actual cause of death.
The crime unit of Yuen Long Police District is following up on the case.
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