Mom kidnaps teenage son, disappears from China, then seeks Canadian adoption

A 14-year-old boy born in China was reunited with his parents on Wednesday, more than 14 years after he was kidnapped by his mother who then traveled abroad to raise him. Zhang Yan thought…

Mom kidnaps teenage son, disappears from China, then seeks Canadian adoption

A 14-year-old boy born in China was reunited with his parents on Wednesday, more than 14 years after he was kidnapped by his mother who then traveled abroad to raise him.

Zhang Yan thought she had lost her son for good in December of 2002 after her husband of nine years suddenly left her. Yan said they had been living in a state of desperation, even suffering from mental illnesses, after her husband stopped caring for her and her two other children. Yan said she had immediately taken the boy to a hospital in western China because she could not raise him on her own, but the hospital did not report the case as abuse. According to a doctor who treated Yan in 2002, she asked him to get rid of the boy but he refused. Then the boy disappeared from the hospital in Huaidong county.

Yan thought she was done raising the boy. But Zhang Yan recently received a phone call from a friend of her family. She said she had stumbled across a lost-child website and learned her son was living in Canada. She called the Canadian consulate to arrange a meeting in the southern Chinese city of Guangzhou. A car with consulate staff picked the family up on Wednesday and drove to Vancouver.

“We’re so happy to be back with him,” Yan told reporters upon arriving in Canada. “I’m hoping that, by the grace of God, he will grow up and have good relationships with everyone in his family.”

Read the full story at The Guardian.

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