Date
10 December 2016
Pictures posted by the mother show her 15-month-old son's face red and swollen, with the skin peeling, due to burns. Source: Facebook
Pictures posted by the mother show her 15-month-old son's face red and swollen, with the skin peeling, due to burns. Source: Facebook

Foreign maid detained over boiling water spill on employer’s kid

A foreign domestic worker in Hong Kong has been placed under detention after she was accused by her employer of spilling boiling water on a baby and causing serious burns.

According to information posted online Thursday, a woman complained that her 15-month-old son suffered burns on his face due to the domestic helper.

In a post on the Facebook page of “Support Group for Hong Kong Employers with Foreign Domestic Helpers”, the employer — a 30-year-old surnamed Lee — said she was horrified as she learnt that her maid spilt boiling water on the baby’s face.

Lee did not say if she believes it was an accident or whether the maid did it on purpose.

But she said the maid, who is aged 29, needs to be punished as the incident led to the child’s face become red and swollen, with the skin peeling, the Hong Kong Economic Journal reports.

Claiming the incident caused her excruciating pain, Lee said she fired the maid — whose nationality was not disclosed – right away.

But firing her isn’t enough, the employer said, insisting that the domestic helper must be made to own up responsibility for her action.

According to Lee, she immediately took her baby to the Kwong Wah Hospital for treatment and later alerted the police.

Following the complaint, the police arrested the maid in Sham Shui Po Thursday afternoon.

The case was listed as “ill-treatment or neglect by those in charge of a child or young person”. The crime unit of Sham Shui Po District Police is following up on the matter.

Following a suggestion from the police, Lee contacted the maid’s employment agency and wrote a letter to notify them that she wanted to terminate the service contract.

But the agency asked Lee to abide by the Employment Ordinance and pay the maid unclaimed wages and also buy her a one-way airline ticket, according to news website hk01.com.

Lee has promised to pay the wages but refused to buy the air ticket, arguing that she fears the maid will leave Hong Kong forever and escape punishment.

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