The Tuen Mun Magistrates' Court. Photo: Google Maps

A local woman was jailed for 14 months by Tuen Mun Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday for wilful neglect of a two-year-old girl under her care.

Defendant Ada Tso Sau-kwan, 43, had pleaded guilty to one count of wilful neglect of a child in a period from December last year to January 25 this year at a flat in Tin Shui Wai in the New Territories, Sing Pao reported.

The court was told that the young girl – a “love child” – had been cared for by her aunt from the time she was born.

However, the aunt needed to work so she put a post on Facebook to get a nanny. That led to Tso, the defendant, being hired in September last year. But the girl was found with bruises on her nose and legs since that time.

In December, the girl was found with scratches on her lips, which Tso claimed came after the toddler hit herself on the bed. In January, the defendant told the aunt that the girl broke her front teeth while eating an apple.

On January 25, when the aunt found more injuries on the girl’s head and forehead, the defendant said the girl fell from a chair. The toddler was taken to a clinic and the doctor found her elbows were swollen and it took her a month to recover in hospital. After discharge from the hospital, the girl was sent to a foster care family.

Tso pleaded for leniency, saying she needed to take care of a mentally disabled son aged 13 and it was her first time working as a nanny.

Ivy Chui Yee-mei, acting principal magistrate, rebuked the defendant and said she was sheer sophistry and fallacy. She said Tso neglected the girl’s injuries and made up many “reasons” for them based on her imagination, Apple Daily reported.

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