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Parents left baby alone in city park after they argued

A MOTHER whose three-month-old baby was left on his own in a Shanghai park on Saturday after she quarreled with his father turned up at a police station yesterday morning to claim the boy.

But police in Changning District said the baby would remain in their care until it could be proved she was the mother. She would have to produce a birth certificate and DNA checks would also be needed. They also want to see the father to help with their investigation.

Officer Lu Jiajun said the boy was in good health and being looked after at a local hospital.

The police received calls at about 1:20pm on Saturday that there was a little boy in a stroller in Zhongshan Park with no one around to look after him.

Police stayed in the park for about half an hour to see if anyone would come back to claim him. Passers-by brought powdered milk for the baby while they waited.

Eventually the police took him to a nearby hospital for checks and posed his photograph online.

Yesterday morning the woman, in her early 20s, turned up to claim the child. Police said she was full of regret for what she and the father had done.

The woman, from Sichuan Province, told police that she and the father left the boy after they had had a quarrel.

Police said the argument was a small thing about "who should take care of and hug the baby."

The couple brought the baby to the city for physical checks and later took him to the park, police said.

But after the parents argued, each left separately, with the woman going to Wuxi City in neighboring Jiangsu Province and the man back to his hometown in Sichuan Province.

Zhou Jing, a police officer involved in the case, said that the couple showed a lack of responsibility.

Zhou said that in line with regular practice, the parents would receive warnings and be subject to punishments like fines and several days of detention.

Shanghai police are alerted about abandoned babies many times each year with most found to be handicapped or with health problems, officers said.


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