Police are looking into reports of abuse after a video clip of a woman slapping an infant dozens of times surfaced on the internet.
Police said they have received complaints from netizens who claimed they have traced the incident to Tai Koo Shing, news website hk01.com reports.
Others said the incident took place in Malaysia, Russia or the Middle East.
The website said the source of the footage was Kazakhstan, where local TV station KTK reported the incident four days ago.
The station identified the woman as Aigul.
The 58-second video shows a woman, purportedly a domestic helper, slapping the baby 42 times.
The force of the blows has left its face flush.
One clip shows the baby bouncing on the sofa from the impact of the slapping.
The footage was apparently shot by an eight-year-old on a smartphone on instructions from the woman, according to hk01.
The video was later discovered by the mother on the child’s phone.
Britain’s the Sun newspaper reports that the woman was actually the infant’s mother who was teaching the baby a lesson because it would not stop crying.
Hong Kong mothers took to social media to express their outrage and alert the police.
Officials said they are investigating.
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