Woman detained for fak­ing son’s dis­ap­pear­ance

China Daily (USA) - - CHINA - By ZHANG YI [email protected]­nadaily.com.cn

Po­lice detained a woman on Wed­nes­day sus­pected of cre­at­ing and spread­ing false in­for­ma­tion, af­ter she al­legedly hid her son and re­ported him miss­ing to po­lice on Fri­day in Yue­qing, Zhe­jiang prov­ince.

The 33-year-old woman, re­port­edly in bad re­la­tion­ship with her hus­band — who was do­ing busi­ness in an­other city — made up the in­ci­dent to test whether her hus­band cared for her and their son, po­lice said in a state­ment on Wed­nes­day.

The fa­ther be­lieved his son was miss­ing and posted on so­cial me­dia on Fri­day that he would give a re­ward of 500,000 yuan ($72,800) if the per­son who took the boy re­turned him, and he would not press charges.

The mother, sur­named Chen, re­ported to po­lice at 7:13 pm on Fri­day that her 11-year-old son, sur­named Huang, had got lost on his way home from school that af­ter­noon, and po­lice started an in­ves­ti­ga­tion im­me­di­ately, ac­cord­ing to the state­ment.

Mas­sive po­lice re­sources were de­voted to the search, and many peo­ple in the city also contributed, the state­ment said.

Po­lice found the boy at 10:48 pm on Tues­day and con­firmed he was safe and healthy. Af­ter an in­ves­ti­ga­tion, they found the in­ci­dent had been cre­ated by the boy’s mother.

At about 6 pm on Fri­day, Chen had met her son af­ter school and asked him to hide in a car that she had pre­pared be­fore­hand with some food. Af­ter that, she called po­lice and asked for help via so­cial me­dia.

Ne­ti­zens in the city shared the no­tice and many joined the search. Chen moved the ve­hi­cle sev­eral times un­til it was found by po­lice, ac­cord­ing to the state­ment.

Po­lice said in the state­ment that the woman’s be­hav­ior be­trayed the faith and con­science of society, wasted a lot of re­sources and dis­turbed so­cial or­der.

“Chil­dren are in­no­cent and pure. Fam­i­lies and society should cre­ate a good en­vi­ron­ment for their healthy growth, in­stead of harm­ing them be­cause of one’s own will­ful­ness, and cre­at­ing, be­liev­ing or spread­ing ru­mors,” the state­ment said.

Ac­cord­ing to China’s Crim­i­nal Law, sus­pects who in­ten­tion­ally spread fake in­for­ma­tion on the in­ter­net or other me­dia that se­ri­ously dis­turbs pub­lic or­der could face prison time of up to three years.

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