Mother of three arrested in Hong Kong for child neglect after worried son, 9, sees her leave home crying and calls police

A mother of three has been arrested for alleged child neglect in Hong Kong after her worried eldest son called police to say she had left their Tung Chung home crying.

The nine-year-old boy called police at around 10.20am on Sunday after his mother had stepped out for an hour from their flat in Hong Yat House at Yat Tung Estate.

Police visited the flat and found the boy, his six-year-old sister and two-year-old brother all unharmed.

The mother, 36, was later arrested on suspicion of ill-treatment or neglect of a child.

The children have been placed in the temporary care of their grandmother.

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According to a police source, a dispute had arisen earlier in the day between the woman and her husband, who reportedly failed to keep a promise to join a family outing.

After the argument, the father left for work. The distressed housewife said she needed to clear her mind and left home in tears.

An hour later, the son contacted police, expressing concern about their mother.

The North Lantau district investigation team is handling the case.

The Social Welfare Department said an NGO’s integrated services centre had the family as a case. It said social workers had visited the family and would work with relevant professionals to develop an appropriate welfare plan for the children.

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