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Child missing from dad's car turns up safe

THE toddler snatched from a car in Shanghai last Saturday was reunited with his father yesterday.

Police found the little boy all alone in a park in Jiaxing City in neighboring Zhejiang Province on Saturday afternoon. But he was too young to tell them what had happened or who he was.

In his desperate search for his son, Zheng Zhenyu made a list of police stations in neighboring cities and by sheer chance his first call, to Jiaxing police, was answered by someone who said that a child had been found who fitted the description of two-year-old Zheng Chao.

Zheng rushed to Jiaxing yesterday afternoon and was in tears as he hugged his son.

"My son looked as if nothing had happened," said the relieved father.

On Saturday, Zheng left the boy sleeping in his car in the Wujiaochang area of Yangpu District, not wanting to wake him while he went to buy stock for his bookstore.

Zheng left one window partly open for ventilation, but, when he returned 40 minutes later, he found the rear door unlocked and the boy missing.

The anxious parents distributed leaflets appealing for information about their son, and one passerby suggested they look for the child in neighboring areas.

"He said he had read stories about kidnapped kids found in nearby cities," Zheng said.

That gave Zheng the idea to call police stations in the region.

"I regret that I didn't record the passerby's details so I could thank him," he said.

An investigation is under way into how the boy went missing in Shanghai only to turn up later the same day in Jiaxing, police said.


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