About 30 netizens gathered at the Lok Wah North Estate in Kwun Tong on Thursday night after a video showing a baby girl being physically abused by a man went viral on social media.
The netizens said they read on the internet that the video was taken inside a unit in the public housing estate, so they came to check on the safety of the child. Some of them called the police, hk01.com reports.
Legislator Roy Kwong arrived at the scene from his home in Yuen Long. Kwong said initial investigations by the police suggested that there was no baby or her alleged attacker in the unit.
While Kwong said it is possible that it could be an old clip, he added that the case should be followed up regardless.
Kwong said police investigations are ongoing. Officers have identified a witness in the neighborhood.
Among the netizens who went to the public housing estate was a man surnamed Wu, a retiree.
He said he was worried about the safety of the girl and decided to call the police. Wu said he suspected that the man in the clip might be under the influence of drugs.
In the one minute 40-second clip, a man is seen swearing at a baby girl in bed, while brutally hitting and kicking her. The baby girl is next seen sitting on the bed weeping and her clothes are torn.
The clip is believed to have been taken by a woman, who repeatedly urged the man to stop.
A police spokesperson told hk01.com that they are following up on the case and the Cyber Security and Technology Crime Bureau is conducting its own investigation.
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