A 30-year-old Indian woman suffering from depression was arrested for allegedly killing her three-year-old daughter at their home in Fanling.
The suspect’s husband, a 34-year-old construction worker at the Liantang Boundary Control Point, told police he received a call from his wife at around 5 p.m. on Wednesday, telling him that their daughter had fainted after being strangled by his wife, Apple Daily reports.
The man, surnamed Gupta, called the police, rushed to their home at Cheung Wah Estate in Fanling, and found his wife kneeling and weeping by the bed where their unconscious daughter was lying.
The girl was rushed to a hospital where she was pronounced dead.
It is believed that the mother could have killed the daughter by mistake.
A neighbor said he was shocked and saddened by the news, noting that he saw the family go out together early Wednesday morning and they looked fine.
Phyllis Cheung Fung-mei, executive director of Hong Kong Unison, a non-governmental organization, said members of ethnic minority groups sometimes find it hard to seek help from public hospitals because of the language barrier.
The competence of intepreters in these hospitals vary considerably, making it hard for doctors and other health professionals at times to accurately gauge the condition of such patients, Cheung said.
Tam Yuen-yee, also from Hong Kong Unison, said ethnic minorities with Hong Kong identity cards are entitled to the same benefits and assistance from the government as the locals.
A Social Welfare Department spokesperson said they are coordinating with the family in question and will offer assistance if necessary.
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