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Hunt for boy grabbed from car

POLICE are searching for a toddler who disappeared from his father's car in the Wujiaochang area of Yangpu District on Saturday afternoon.

The boy had been left sleeping in the back seat while his book dealer father went to buy stock at a nearby wholesale market, police said yesterday.

Zheng, who sells books at Songjiang University Town, had left the boy about 2:50pm, not wanting to wake him.

He rolled one of the rear windows slightly down to give him fresh air.

But when he returned about 40 minutes later his son had vanished and the rear door was unlocked.

He told Xinmin Evening News that someone must have opened the door through the partly opened window.

Video from a security camera showed a man riding a scooter into the lane about 3:22pm and leaving with a small head poking from inside the front of his jacket.

The man went back to the lane about 5:08pm with another person on his scooter. He left two minutes later with a three-wheel scooter following him, according to the security guards nearby.

Zheng has closed his book store to look for his son. The family has posted hundreds of missing person signs in the area which read: "Lost - Zheng Chao, male, born December 2006, about 80 centimeters tall. Last seen wearing a blue sweater, black trousers and white shoes on."

"We received a report right after the incident and are now making great efforts to look for the boy," said Chen Rongrong, an official with the Yangpu District Public Security Bureau.

China's youth protection law requires guardians to take good care of juveniles but there are no specific rules about leaving children alone in public places.

Both police and youth protection officials say parents should not leave young children alone.

"The father failed to perform his duty," said Yang Yongming, director of the Shanghai Youth Protection Office.

Chen added: "It is not safe to leave a two-and-a-half-year-old child alone in a car."


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