Couple in Hong Kong charged with murder after 5-year-old daughter dies

Couple in Hong Kong charged with murder after 5-year-old daughter dies
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HONG KONG - The Hong Kong government has vowed to strengthen measures to prevent a recurrence of child abuse tragedies following the death of a five-year-old girl during the weekend.

Communication and collaboration will be stepped up among schools, non-governmental organisations and the Social Welfare Department, Secretary for Labour and Welfare Law Chi-kwong said on Monday.

The authorities will also look into whether adequate resources are allocated to deal with such cases, as well as related support given to teachers and school social workers.

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The police have reclassified the latest case as murder and ill-treatment or neglect after the girl was found with multiple body injuries and was suspected to have been severely abused and malnourished. The child was taken to Tuen Mun Hospital, where she was pronounced dead on Saturday afternoon.

The victim's 26-year-old father and 27-year-old step-mother have been charged with murder and appeared in Tuen Mun Court on Tuesday.

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