A 41-year-old woman was arrested in Hong Kong on Sunday on suspicion of abusing her two sons, aged eight and 10, based on a video that surfaced on social media.
The 26-second-video consists of three still photos and an edited video clip. The first two photos show a boy with his hands and feet tied and kneeling in a bathroom, and the third shows a boy without a shirt lying on the bathroom floor, Oriental Daily reported.
A female voice in Cantonese with a heavy mainland Chinese accent speaks over the clip saying, “At 3:40, younger brother came home and I’ve tied up his hands and feet. You see the photos, do they look nice?”
Then a video clip follows that shows a boy being subdued by a woman on a playroom floor. The woman slaps his face at least four times. The boy cries and protects his head with his hands while a little girl approaches him and uses an object to attack his right eye.
The video clip, which was taken last summer, surfaced on various pages on Facebook beginning on Saturday evening. Netizens shared it and urged a police investigation.
At 9pm on Sunday, police officers from the Cyber Security and Technology Crime Bureau went to Mei Sang House in Shek Kip Mei Estate in Sham Shui Po, Kowloon, and arrested a woman. Her husband, a 70-year-old retired cleaner, was taken to a police station for questioning, Apple Daily reported.
It was understood that the couple have two sons and a daughter and the family is under Hong Kong’s Comprehensive Social Security Assistance scheme, a welfare program that provides supplementary payments to low-income residents.
According to neighbors, the arrested woman had often been seen beating and scolding her children publicly and had attacked her husband with a knife before.