Wednesday, 28. January 2015
12. 06. 14. - 16:00
Police in China say they are powerless to act against a couple who took their kids to a local kindergarten, and never went back to pick them up.
The duo effectively abandoned their two children in a kindergarten two months ago.
Mother He Tuan, 32, and father He Liu, 37, left toddlers Yan, a boy aged three, and his sister Lin, six, marooned in the nursery in Luoyang city in central China’s Henan province.
Repeated calls to the parents have gone unheeded, with authorities saying the duo always come up with a reason why they cannot take their children back.
Police have said that the case boils down to financial hardship for the parents. "They say they cannot afford to take them back," said a police spokesman.
When the parents took them to the kindergarten they paid for two weeks of teaching and board. Because they have not been claimed at the end of every working week, staff are taking it in turns to look after the children at their homes at the weekends.
"The two parents owe the kindergarten thousands of RMB. I don’t anticipate they will pay it back, I just hope that they can take their kids home" said Lee Zhang, the owner and operator of the nursery.
One day Zhang bumped into the two parents in the street and asked them to take their children home. The parents promised that they would go to pick them up that day - but disappeared again.
Zhang reported the case to police. According to police’s investigation, the two parents once sent their daughter to a kindergarten and owed that kindergarten about 2,000 RMB (190 GBP). The two parents live in a rented flat and are known to be behind with the rent.
"We have great financial problems," said the mother. "We do not intend to abandon our children forever, but we cannot afford to look after them by ourselves now. They are in the best place. I promise we will pay all the debts in the future."
First Images Of Eurovision Stage
These are the first images of the design for the Eurovision Song Contest stage unveiled in the Austrian capital Vienna which is the home of last year's winner Conchita Wurst.
Russian Mafia Boss Nabbed At Vienna Railway Station
A Russian mobster wanted for a string of brutal murders was arrested in the gentile Austrian capital Vienna when commandos swooped as he went to buy a train ticket.
Teen Girls Arrested After Offering Themselves To IS Fighters
Austrian officials who recently cracked down on terrorism by arresting several people believed to be recruiting and fundraising for ISIS have revealed two more teenage girls tried to leave the country to marry terrorist fighters.
Ebola's deadly reach impacts Vienna student
Austria has yet to record its first case of Ebola, but the feared virus has already had a severe impact on the lives of Africans living in Vienna.
Grigorij Sokolov Works His Magic At Vienna Konzerthaus
Whilst the world-famous Wizard of Oz played at the Volksoper, there was another Wizard in the Konzerthaus giving his 16th performance in Vienna!
Penelope Cruz To Play The Ice Cream Killer
The memoirs of the woman dubbed the Ice Cream Killer after she shot dead two ex-lovers before hacking the bodies up with a chainsaw and telling neighbours the noise was a new ice cream machine are due to be turned into a blockbuster with Penelope Cruz playing the lead role.
Kid Left In Coma After Beaten By Teacher For Talking
This is the shocking image of a little Chinese girl before and after she was punished by her teacher - for talking in class.
Freezing Rain Causes Chaos In Central Europe
Freezing weather has arrived in Europe with a vengeance with a layer of ice blanketing parts of Austria, Germany and the Czech Republic and causing traffic chaos.
Holey Smoke As Car Disappears Down Sinkhole
Motorist Wei Hsiao found himself in a hole lot of trouble in China when a giant sinkhole opened up on the road beneath him, swallowing his entire car.
Shock Moment Police Helicopter Explodes On Street
This is the moment a police helicopter exploded into a spinning ball of flame in Chile when a fire truck clipped one of its rotors.
The most popular stories –
last 7 days
|Russian Mafia Boss Nabbed At Vienna Railway Station|
|First Images Of Eurovision Stage|
|Vigilantes Filmed Beating Woman For Talking To Man|
|Lorry Carrying Fireworks Explodes After Driver Lights Up Fag|
|Chinese Smoker Plunges Eight Floors And Survives Unharmed|
Why suffer in silence. Let off steam by letting our readers share your troubles. File your complaints about anything and everything here.
Our ombudsman David Rogers will try and help solve some of the problems from lazy civil servants through to incompetent companies – and at the very least the worst transgressors will end up in our weekly special report.