Date
20 November 2017
Police found nothing suspicious in the incident but did not rule out negligence. Photo: HKEJ/Wikipedia Commons/MatthewRad
Police found nothing suspicious in the incident but did not rule out negligence. Photo: HKEJ/Wikipedia Commons/MatthewRad

Baby boy critical after being fastened in father’s seat belt

A two-month-old baby boy is in critical condition after his father strapped him in with his seat belt while driving.

Police found nothing suspicious in the incident but investigations are continuing, news website hk01.com reports. They did not rule out negligence.

The 43-year-old father, surnamed Wai, a self-employed radiologist, and his wife called the police at about 10 a.m. on Sunday after finding the infant unresponsive in their apartment.

Wai told the police that he had taken the baby and his elder son, four, out in his car earlier that day.

On their way home, Wai used an infant sling to carry the baby on his chest and then buckled the seat belt. The baby was unconscious when they reached home.

He was rushed to Kwong Wah Hospital where he regained consciousness after emergency treatment. He remains in the intensive care unit.

The baby is said to have contracted the flu recently. 

The Kowloon City District Investigation Team found no baby seat installed in Wai’s car, Apple Daily reported.

Under the road users’ code, babies up to 12 months or weighing under nine kilograms who cannot sit up unaided should be carried in the rear of the car in a carrycot (or an infant carrier if the baby is smaller and less than nine months old).

The special carrycot should be equipped with restraining straps.

The code is a users’ guide and is not legally binding.

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