Mother Kills Baby for Being Too Noisy, Pleads Not Guilty
A mother in Hong Kong is being tried for shaking her baby to death because he was "noisy."
Leung Siu-fong pleaded not guilty to manslaughter in a High Court hearing on Tuesday after she lost control and shook her three-month-old son, leading to his death in August 2015. She told police that her newborn baby, Matthew Lee Man-hin, was "very noisy."
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"I didn't like him," Leung said in a statement after the baby's death.
On August 25, 2015, Leung called 999, Hong Kong's emergency hotline, and reported that her son was no longer breathing. When the operator asked what happened, Leung feigned ignorance, "I don't know why my child's heart has stopped beating."
The police responded to her house in Cheung Chau and brought the baby to St. John Hospital, but at 7pm, he was pronounced dead. According to police, Leung told them that the baby suffered convulsions, turned pale, and stopped breathing.
After further questioning by the prosecution, she revealed that she grabbed, shook, and tossed him onto the bed before slapping and pinching her baby's cheeks because he wouldn't stop crying.
She told police under caution that she lost self-control and hurt her baby. Autopsy results show that the baby died from abusive head trauma and also suffered from internal bleeding between the skull and the brain. The assigned pathologist said that the baby may have already had head injuries prior to his death.
Leung was not living with her husband at the time.