Maid accused of child abuse to file claim against employer
The two officers who arrested her could not question her because they could not speak English and there was no Filipino interpreter available
A 29-year-old Filipino maid working in Hong Kong, who was arrested and charged with child abuse, has been released on bail and is preparing to file a case of unjust termination against her employer.
Michelle M Legion denied she hit a four-year-boy in her care at an apartment on Ma Sik Road in Sheung Shui in the New Territories on May 31, sunwebhk.com reported.
Legion was detained at Shueng Shui Police Station for 26 hours, put in a cell and told not to call her friends. She had been employed by the family for two years and five months and was accused of hitting the boy on his back and bottom, but denied she was responsible for the boy’s injuries.
Legion said she told police to review CCTV footage in her employers’ home as she alleged there were cameras everywhere in the house. She said the two officers who arrested her could not question her because they could not speak English and there was no Filipino interpreter available.
Legion, who has sought shelter at the Filipino Workers’ Resource Center in Sheung Wan after her release in bail, sought assistance from the Philippines Consulate on June 3 and files a report about the incident.
She was told she would be helped to file a claim for unjust termination against her employer. An embassy official said the fact that Legion was allowed to post bail indicated the complaint filed by the employer against her needed further investigation.
She is required to return to the Sheung Shui Police Station on June 22 to see if she has been charged.