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Dad of missing tot returns without wife

The father of the 7-month-old boy who disappeared after leaving his son with an ayi yesterday reported to police and promised to take the child home in a week.

The father, surnamed Lin, said he had been on the run from loan sharks. They had also taken his cellphone so he was unable to contact the child’s maid, he said.

Police had been searching for Lin and his wife since Monday after the ayi, surnamed Mao, who had been caring for the infant since October, reported them missing.

Mao had earlier agreed to care for the baby at her home after the parents offered to pay her 100 yuan (US$16.50) per day.

The parents told her they were too busy for baby sitting, and would pay visits from time to time.

Lin told police that a friend of his had seen the story about his son on TV.

He said he had really missed the child and went to visit him before reporting to the police and promising to take the baby back within a week.

Lin said he was looking for a suitable house to rent and will find a job as soon as possible.

The 30-year-old Shanghai native said he had broken up with his 44-year-old wife.

The marriage to Lin was the woman’s second and she had another child, he said. The couple therefore agreed that the baby boy would live with Lin. The father said he will apply for a hukou, household registration certificate, for the boy and undergo a health check at hospital.



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