A Hong Kong court has convicted a father of ill-treating his two young daughters, who were hospitalised after they were accidentally fed sweets containing cannabidiol (CBD) at home.
The 26-year-old part-time construction worker, identified as CKW on the court document, appeared in Tuen Mun Court on Monday after pleading not guilty to three charges of possessing the illegal drug and neglecting his daughters, aged two and four.
Magistrate Raymond Wong Kwok-fai said that although no CBD sweets were found at the defendant’s home, his negligence led to his children’s accidental consumption of the drug on June 25 last year. The older daughter was admitted to an intensive care unit the same day.
“Even though the defendant has a clear record, this case is rather a serious offence and a custodial sentence will be the only option,” he said.
The court previously heard the defendant had left his children at home in the care of a family friend as he and his wife were getting a divorce at the time. The friend called an ambulance after discovering the sisters were feeling unwell.
The mother testified in court that she suspected her girls had consumed drugs in her estranged husband’s possession and had requested urine tests, which came back positive for the substance.
During the trial, the defendant said he had admitted to the crime after police threatened him, a defence argument that Magistrate Wong…