Tuen Mun in Hong Kong's New Territories. Photo: Google Maps

A 26-year-old father and a 27-year-old stepmother were charged in Hong Kong with the murder of a five-year-old girl, while the girl’s 53-year-old step-grandmother was charged with child abuse on Sunday.

At 1pm on Saturday, police received a report from a man that his five-year-old daughter had collapsed in an apartment at Tuen Mun Trend Plaza in the New Territories, Sing Tao Daily reported.

Officers found the girl unconscious; she was sent to Tuen Mun Hospital but was pronounced dead upon arrival.

Police Chief Inspector Chan Yan said there were many wounds and bruises, new and old, of various sizes on the deceased girl’s legs, thighs and shoulder. Some of them were putrid and had not healed.

Meanwhile, officers also found similar wounds and bruises on the girl’s eight-year-old brother. The deceased girl and her brother appeared to have been badly malnourished.

Officers later confiscated a cane, a pair of slippers and a pair of scissors in the apartment, suspecting that the culprits had used these items to abuse the children.

It was understood that the deceased girl and her brother were living with their father, stepmother, step-grandmother and a seven-year-old stepsister, Wen Wei Pao reported, adding that no injuries and bruises were found on the stepsister.

The deceased girl had dropped out of kindergarten in late October last year, Oriental Daily reported.

A schoolteacher found wounds on her brother in November and the school social worker referred the case to the Social Welfare Department. However, police said they had no record of any child-abuse case involving the family.

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