Tsuen Wan in the New Territories. Photo: Google Maps

A mother was arrested for alleged assault causing bodily harm to her daughter on Wednesday, because she had not finished her homework.

A 12-year-old girl surnamed Hung was found sitting – looking frightened – in the lobby of Chelsea Court in Tseun Wan in the New Territories at 11pm, Oriental Daily reported.

A security guard came up to her and found bruises on her arms and legs. He suspected that she had been abused.

Hung’s 38-year-old mother allegedly found that she had not finished her homework. The mother asked Hung to complete her schoolwork before going to bed. However, Hung allegedly gave a perfunctory reply to her mother to say she was very tired.

The mother got angry and grabbed a broom and hit Hung before she escaped to the lobby.

Police arrested the mother for suspected assault causing bodily harm and she was detained at a police station.

The girl was sent to a hospital for medical treatment.

Ling Yuen-kwan, supervisor of the Hong Kong Federation of Youth Groups’ parent support network, said listening and talking was the key to a good connection between parents and children, Apple Daily reported.

However, it could be hard work if parents also had to deal with emotional issues. If parents have problems dealing with an issue with their children, they should stop the conversation, leave the scene and calm down before talking to their kids.