Toddler’s Fatal Fall Shakes Aplichau Estate:
In a heart-wrenching incident that shook the community, a two-year-old boy met a tragic end when he fell from the 26th floor of Lei Chak House in Aplichau estate.The boy, Tam Lai-hin, had been happily playing in the corridor while his grandmother watched nearby. However, within moments, Lai-hin plunged to the ground, resulting in his untimely death upon arrival at Queen Mary Hospital.
This development added furthercomplexity to the already tragic situation. According to the report, the girl, an inmate of the Kai Chi Children’s Centre, disclosed to the police that she had taken a bus to the estate.
Inadequate Care and Treatment:
In the following months, the Post provided updates on the case. On October 10, it reported the scathing remarks made by a three-member jury during an inquest into the incident. The jury strongly criticized the management and staff of Kai Chi Children’s Centre, citing concerns about inefficient personnel, poor administration, and improper care for the residents. Their unanimous verdict of non-culpable homicide highlighted the need for accountability and improvement within the facility.
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Further revelations emerged on October 13, shedding light on the mental health condition of the girl involved. Identified only as Miss Y during the inquest, she was diagnosed with “severe” psychiatric problems. However, it became apparent that she had received minimal treatment, despite sporadic visits from a Medical and Health Department psychiatrist twice a month. Kai Chi itself lacked the necessary support and training to address psychiatric needs, as none of the staff had received formal psychiatric training.
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Tragically, since the incident with Lai-hin, Miss Y was relocated to Castle Peak Hospital. However, this institution primarily catered to adult patients with serious mental illnesses, such as psychosis, and was not ideally suited to her specific needs. This situation raised concerns about the lack of appropriate facilities for individuals with mental disabilities and the risks they may pose to the community.
The tragic plunge of the two-year-old boy and the subsequent investigation into the care and treatment provided by Kai Chi Children’s Centre highlighted the urgent need for improved systems, training, and support for individuals with mental disabilities in Hong Kong.
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