A domestic helper from India has been arrested after she reportedly admitted strangling her employer’s two-year-old son at the family’s residence in Tin Shui Wai.
Police, who have classified the case as murder, said the boy’s parents rushed back home around noon Monday after a web camera installed at their flat appeared to have stopped working and they could not contact the 22-year-old maid who was supposed to be taking care of the toddler, the Hong Kong Economic Journal reports.
There they saw their son lying unconscious in bed with nosebleed, while the maid was nowhere to be found.
The boy was later pronounced dead at the Tuen Mun Hospital, and police found the maid near the Wetland Park in the afternoon.
Earlier, the maid had tried to seek help from the Indian consulate general but failed.
After finding her at around 4 p.m., police took her back to the family’s apartment at Central Park Tower to help reconstruct the chain of events.
There she admitted grabbing the boy by the throat and killing him.
Chief Inspector Chan Ka-po of the Yuen Long Police District said the maid, who started working for the family seven months ago, appeared to be well-behaved and getting along well with the family.
A police source said the maid, who was a university freshman back in India, appeared to be mentally unstable and investigators could not understand her because she does not speak English, making it hard for them to establish the motive for the killing, Apple Daily reported.
Chan said police have sought the assistance of the Indian consulate general.
The maid is likely to be charged with murder, he added.
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