A baby girl was found abandoned at a barbecue site on Tai Mong Tsai Road in Sai Kung on Monday.
The infant, estimated to be four to eight months old with apparently Chinese ethnicity, is 71 centimeters tall and weighs around 8 kilograms, the Hong Kong Economic Journal reports.
No external injuries were found on her body. She was wearing a red top and black trousers and wrapped in a blue blanket.
A red packet found on the baby had a note in Simplified Chinese characters saying “five months old” and “cerebral palsy”.
She was taken to the Tseung Kwan O Hospital for observation.
Police have contacted owners of vehicles parked nearby, hoping their car cameras might have captured the baby being abandoned on video.
According to Apple Daily, the baby was found by a pest-control worker surnamed Lam, who heard the cries of an infant when he went to a public toilet near the barbecue pit.
Police said before the baby was found they received an anonymous call from a man who informed them about the infant and left a fake number.
They are now investigating the source of the call, suspecting that it came from the baby’s parent.
Hospital staff are checking if the baby has a cerebral palsy as the note found on her claims.
They are also going through records of recent births to determine if she was born in Hong Kong or the mainland.
The Social Welfare Department said it will be responsible for the child’s care and welfare if the parents are not found, according to Ming Pao Daily.
Szeto Hon-ming, director of the Family and Career Development Service, said the infant had been placed in a very dangerous situation as snakes and wild dogs are known to be in the area where she was found.
She also could have starved to death if she had not been found soon enough, Szeto added.
Barrister Albert Luk Wai-hung said abandoning a child under the age of 16 is against the law.
Considering the conditions in which the baby was found, anyone convicted of the crime could be jailed for up to 10 years, Luk said.
If the infant had died, the parent who abandoned her could face life imprisonment for manslaughter, he added.
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