A three-year-old Hong Kong girl is being treated in hospital after she accidentally ingested the illegal drug methamphetamine at her home, police have said.
The toddler was suspected to have accidentally taken the drug in the Tung Chau public housing estate flat she lived in, police told HKFP on Thursday after an initial investigation.
The case was now under further investigation and had been classified as “child abuse or neglect involving the children or juveniles under care.” No arrests have been made so far. The girl’s mother was believed to be a drug user, local media reported citing sources.
The girl’s father took her to Princess Margaret Hospital on September 19 after she developed a high fever. Medical social workers suggested a urine test, which revealed the presence of methamphetamine.
A spokesperson of the Princess Margaret Hospital told HKFP that the hospital reported the case to the police on Thursday. “The 3-year-old girl is currently being treated by our hospital and her condition is stable, ” the spokesperson said.
According to the Dangerous Drugs Ordinance, it is an offence to illegally manufacture, supply or possess methamphetamine in Hong Kong.
Earlier this year, two girls were sent to hospital after accidentally ingesting sweets containing Cannabidiol (CBD). Their father was charged in June with child abuse or neglect.
CBD was classified as a dangerous drug in Hong Kong in February 1. Trafficking and sales of substances in contravention of the law will see a maximum penalty of life imprisonment and a fine of H$5 million.
Increasing cases of child abuse
Hong Kong has seen an increasing trend of child abuse over the past three years.
In the United States, a one-year-old boy died at a New York City nursery after a suspected fentanyl overdose on September 15. Three other children were hospitalised. Police said the fentanyl was hidden in the nap room under a mat as he slept.
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