Date
23 March 2017
A photo (R) posted on social media by an alert taxi driver helped the mainland police crack a child kidnapping case quickly. Photo: Zhengzhou Evening News
A photo (R) posted on social media by an alert taxi driver helped the mainland police crack a child kidnapping case quickly. Photo: Zhengzhou Evening News

Social media post helps Henan police track down child kidnapper

Mainland authorities have tracked down and arrested a woman who kidnapped a three-year-old boy recently in Huixian city in Henan province.

A photograph posted online by an alert taxi driver and leads offered by social media users helped the police nab the kidnapper within 20 hours of the abduction, according to Chinese media.

On May 30, a man surnamed Lian reported to the police that his grandson went missing after he took the child along with him to his basement garage.

As the elderly man was busy with some cleaning work, he was approached by a woman who said she can take care of the child for a while.

Lian agreed and passed on his grandson to the stranger.

The woman spent several minutes chatting and playing with the boy before coaxing him into a car and driving away, Zhengzhou Evening News reported.

The police were informed about the incident, but they faced huge odds in the investigation as they didn’t have any clue as to who the kidnapper might be.

However, they ran into luck as a photograph emerged of the woman and the child on a social media platform. 

It turned out that the taxi driver who ferried the duo became suspicious as he saw the child cry, prompting him to secretly take a photo of the passengers.

The photo was uploaded to the Weixin online platform, prompting netizens to offer leads to the police.

Following up on the leads, the police managed to quickly track down the woman to a town 20 kilometers away from the boy’s home.

When police officers arrived, they found the kidnapper looking totally different from the person in the photo.

It was then that they realized that the woman had put on a disguise, dyeing her hair and pretending to be an old person, while abducting the boy. 

After taking the boy to her home, she dressed him up as girl to mask his identity.

But the efforts proved of no avail as the police conducted a search operation and found the boy’s original clothes hidden inside the house.

The woman, who claimed to be a bakery shop worker and has no previous criminal record, has been placed under detention. 

The boy has been returned to his family. 

Translation by Chloe Chow

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