This single mother has been arrested for abandoning her young autistic son inside a train station KFC restaurant because she could no longer cope.
The six-year-old boy, whose name has not been given, was found wandering around the Kentucky Fried Chicken chain on his own while finishing his meal at Hangzhou Railway Station on 13th May.
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Police in Hangzhou, capital of East China’s Zhejiang Province, were called to investigate after KFC staff suspected the child of been abandoned by his parent.
Yao Jianguo, an officer with the Zhangqian Police Station, said: “I tried to talk to him but he didn’t say a word. He just ate his food and ran around.”
The officers also found a note in the boy’s pocket.
Yao added: “[The note] said the boy was autistic, and that the parent could no longer cope with the costs involved in raising and treating him.”
He continued: “She hoped a Good Samaritan would take him in or send him to an orphanage.”
The police brought the boy back to the station before sending him to the Hangzhou Children’s Welfare Institute, which confirmed that the child had autism.
His mum Ye, who was identified by her surname, was last seen in CCTV video covering her face with a cap while dropping the boy off at the train station KFC.
She was tracked to a rental home in Hangzhou’s Xiaoshan District and detained on 15th May.
The 28-year-old parent revealed she was a single mum whose husband had walked out on the family three years earlier.
She earns just 3,000 RMB (340 GBP) a month at her job, but it costs 2,000 RMB (226 GBP) to find a hire full-time care for her son.
Ye said she “could no longer live like this”.
Authorities have decided to keep the boy at the city’s welfare institute, where a number of families have already offered to assist with the boy’s living costs.
Ye remains in custody as the investigation continues.