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Abducted toddlers back home

THREE toddlers abducted between October and April in a southern China city have been released and four suspects seized.

Two boys, identified as Huang and Wen, were picked up by their parents on Sunday after they were found by police in Heyuan City, Guangdong Province. Both Huang and Wen were three years old, the Guangzhou Daily reported yesterday.

Heyuan police also found Tang, another three-year-old boy, last Wednesday after he was abandoned by his abductors and had walked by himself more than an hour.

Four boys, including 11-year-old Miao, had been abducted in Heyuan since October. Miao is still missing, the newspaper reported.

Huang Jin, director of police in Heyuan's Yuancheng district, denied a widespread rumor that abducted children had their organs harvested when he held a press conference on Sunday.

Xiao Yuande, the suspected leader of the four men involved in abducting Huang, Wen and Tang, has confessed to police that they abducted the three for buyers.

The four suspects, Xiao Yuande, his brother Xiao Yuanfu, Zhou Zhiwen and Xie Yaojun were seized on Saturday afternoon.

They confessed they had abducted the three boys via motorcycle or car in Heyuan's downtown areas.

Huang was abducted by the Xiao brothers on a motorcycle on October 21 beside a fruit stand while his mother was waiting for change. He was handed to Zhou and Xie waiting in a car and sold to a family in Lianping County, according to the newspaper.

Always crying

Wen was abducted on February 26 while Tang was kidnapped on April 3.

Tang was later returned by the buyer as he was always crying and couldn't be officially registered at the buyer's town. The Xiao brothers, under huge pressure after local media reported the abduction cases, decided to release Tang last Wednesday at the spot where they had seized him.

Huang and Wen were rescued by police officers from two buyers' homes in Lianping on Saturday.

Meanwhile, another three child abductors wanted by the Ministry of Public Security were reported to be from a small county in Yunnan Province and their families had a history in the child trafficking business, according to news Website

The three were still at large, but several of their family members had been seized since last year.

On Monday, the ministry said they had cracked 10 abduction cases involving women and children since the beginning of the year including a group in Fujian Province who abducted at least 28 children, the Beijing Evening News said.

China has set up a DNA database to help identify abducted or missing children. A total of 236 police laboratories nationwide are involved.


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