A foreign helper from Hong Kong was arrested after she allegedly burned the neck and face of her employer’s 15-months-old baby.
The baby’s mother posted several photos of her child’s injuries in the Facebook group called FDH employers. She put the caption “my heart aches and bleeds” together with the pictures.
According to Coconuts Hong Kong, Lee, the 30-year-old mother and employer, believes that her helper accidentally spilled hot water on her baby boy’s face while preparing milk. The mother immediately brought her son to the Kwong Wah Hospital to get some medical attention because his face and neck were burnt and peeling.
The mother said that she can’t help but feel “angry and helpless” especially since she demonstrated how to properly and safely prepare the milk for her baby.
After the incident, the mother promptly dismissed her 29-year-old foreign helper with a written notice, but she is holding off purchasing a return plane ticket for her helper to go back home until all things are resolved.
Hong Kong police have confirmed that they arrested the foreign helper after they received a report from Lee but released her soon after. She remains at Lee’s home in Sham Shui Po to be questioned for suspicion of “abusing or neglecting a young child.”
A police investigation is underway and so far, there are no details regarding the nationality of the helper.