Boy abandoned in S'pore now back in HK

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His father had taken him abroad and allegedly abandoned him in Singapore.

Now the boy, 11, is back in Hong Kong.

The territory's Social Welfare Department is seeking custody of him, the South China Morning Post reported.

The boy, who cannot hear or talk and is understood to be mentally disabled, was immediately taken to the Aberdeen boarding school for children with learning difficulties.

His teacher accompanied representatives from the police, Immigration Department and Social Welfare Department to Singapore on Wednesday to meet the boy. He was reported to be in good health.

The cover of The New Paper on July 26. 

"A care-and-protection order will be sought in court to award the Social Welfare Department custodial authority of the boy," a police source said.

The boy was found wandering alone at night on July 21 at Marina Promenade.

TNP first reported the story on July 26, amid efforts to locate his next-of-kin.

Police believed he had arrived in Singapore on July 21 with his odd-job worker-father, 45.

The father, s​urnamed Chen, he then flew back alone to Hong Kong two days later.

He was arrested in a public housing estate in Kowloon, then released on bail.

Up to 10 years' jail

It is understood he is divorced from the boy's mother and is now married to the woman he employed to care for the boy.

Chen is likely to be charged with ill-treatment or neglect of a child, which carries a maximum penalty of 10 years' jail.

Source: South China Morning Post, The New Paper


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