Man Snatches 3-Year-Old Boy in Broad Daylight in South China

By Matthew Bossons, May 21, 2019

0 0

Police in Dongguan have detained a 30-year-old man for the attempted abduction of a 3-year-old boy from outside his grandfather’s restaurant on May 18, according to the Paper.

In footage of the child snatching, the man, identified by his surname Liu, can be seen running up to an older boy and attempting to lead him away. When this fails, he turns back and snatches the boy’s younger brother before running away with the small child. The older brother can be seen giving chase in the video, which was presumably captured by a nearby surveillance camera. 

running.jpg
Screengrab via 澎湃新闻

Liu was eventually subdued by the boy’s family members and local residents. Afterwards, police arrived to detain the child snatcher.

Watch below to see the man take off with the small child (VPN off):

A statement from Dongguan Public Security Bureau indicates that Liu had run away from home after having an argument with his family and that he was not emotionally stable. At the time of his arrest, he was allegedly unable to communicate and was suspected of suffering from mental issues.

READ MORE: Man Snatches Child in Crowded Shenzhen Mall

According to authorities, Liu does not have a criminal record (prior to the attempted abduction, anyway) and has not been formally diagnosed with a mental illness.

Child abductions in China are not a new issue. According to China Daily, an estimated 70,000 children go missing each year in China, taken to participate in forced labor or prostitution or for adoption. Other estimates put that number much, much higher, at nearly 200,000. Where there is agreement, though, is “that only a very small number – perhaps as few as 0.1% – are ever found and reunited with their families,” according to Radii China.

Earlier this year, a man was arrested by authorities after he attempted to take a mother’s 2-year-old child in the middle of a busy shopping mall in Shenzhen. Late last year, three women forcibly took a mother’s baby from a stroller outside a shopping mall in Beijing’s Fengtai district. The baby was recovered moments after the incident took place and the whole thing turned out to be a misunderstanding.

[Cover image: screengrab via 澎湃新闻]

more news

El Piñal: The Lost 16th Century Spanish Outpost in South China

In 1598, Ming Dynasty authorities allowed a team of Spanish traders from Manila to set up shop in China’s PRD.

Starbucks’ First Bar Mixato in South China Has Opened in Shenzhen

Order up an espresso martini at this swanky Starbucks Reserve.

5 Must-Visit Islands in South China This Summer

An island getaway is perhaps one of the best ways to soak up the sun before the summer ends.

There Is an Abandoned Canadian Village in South China and We Visited It

Canada is a long way from the Middle Kingdom, but in South China there is an abandoned village that shares its name with the Great White North.

China to Develop National Child Sex Offender Database

Since 2018, more than 3,600 perpetrators have been convicted of crimes committed against left-behind youth in rural areas.

Typhoon Alerts Issued in South China as Wipha Approaches

The Hong Kong Observatory is expecting to issue their first No. 8 signal of the year sometime this afternoon.

WATCH: Boy in South China Pees in Elevator, Causes Short Circuit

Another prankster is going viral for relieving himself in an entirely inappropriate place.

0 User Comments

In Case You Missed It…

We're on WeChat!

Scan our QR Code at right or follow us at ThatsShenzhen for events, guides, giveaways and much more!

7 Days in Shenzhen With thatsmags.com

Weekly updates to your email inbox every Wednesday

Subscribe

Download previous issues

Never miss an issue of That's PRD!

Visit the archives

Get the App. Your essential China city companion.