A mother from Mong Kok stands accused of murdering her 12-year-old daughter before chopping up her remains and placing them in her bathtub.
Police were dispatched to the Man Fuk Building on December 17, 2017, after receiving reports from a neighbor indicating that one of the building’s tenants had refused to return a cellphone to them and that they had heard “chopping noises” coming from the tenant’s apartment. The South China Morning Post says that officers forced their way into the third-floor apartment after the woman who met police outside refused to cooperate.
What began as an attempt to retrieve a missing cellphone instead turned into a murder investigation. Inside the bathroom, investigators say they found the dismembered body of a 12-year-old female child.
According to police, they believe the woman had dismembered the child in the bathroom. In addition to body parts found in the woman’s bathtub, police indicated that traces of human tissue were also found in the toilet. Investigators found a meat cleaver they suspect was used to dismember the corpse.
“Her head, organs and body had been mutilated. The bathroom had flooded which was affecting neighbouring flats,” said Mong Kok assistant district commander Chung Chi-ming said in a statement.
While no drugs were found on the premises, Chi-ming also indicated, “an instrument used to take the drug Ice was discovered.”
So far, police say they have no indication of what motivated the woman to murder the child. Friends and former teachers of the girl told the press that the girl and her mother fought often, but were shocked and saddened by the news of her murder. Investigators are currently making an effort to locate the girl’s father.
During the time of her arrest, the suspect appeared to be disoriented and was unable to cooperate with police while they conducted their initial investigation. They are currently waiting for the woman’s condition to improve in order to continue ironing out the facts in this case. The woman has only been identified as her surname, Cao, in media reports.