Former employee of Hong Kong child protection group pleads guilty to abuse

Defendant, 46, admits she ‘wilfully assaulted and ill-treated’ a two-year-old boy last year, including pushing his head against a wall and grabbing his hair.

A former employee of a child protection group in Hong Kong has pleaded guilty to abusing toddlers under its care, becoming the first of 27 suspects charged in the scandal to do so.

The 46-year woman, identified only as H. W. S, pleaded guilty at the Kowloon City Court on Thursday to the child abuse and neglect charge that she “wilfully assaulted and ill-treated” a two-year-old boy last year at the Children’s Residential Home, a facility in Mong Kok run by the Hong Kong Society for the Protection of Children.

The centre on Portland Street provides round-the-clock support for children up to the age of three who are abandoned, orphaned or lack care because of family problems.