Police are on the search for a foreigner in his 50s who was suspected of child abuse after his eight-year-old foster daughter was admitted to a Beijing hospital with internal injuries.
The girl, identified as Phoebe, is reportedly one of 11 orphan children that the man has been raising in Beijing, according to a report published yesterday in The Legal Daily. She is currently in critical condition following three surgeries she underwent for duodenal obstruction and kidney damage, injuries that doctors say were caused by external blunt force. The girl claimed that her foster father beat her, the report said.
This is the third time that the girl has been admitted to the hospital. The first two times, she was brought in by her foster father, who’s been identified as Ray. She was last brought in by a volunteer on November 24 and Ray, along with his 10 other foster kids, could not reached afterwards.
The report quoted a foreign volunteer called Xu Qiang, a pseudonym, who claims to have been in contact with the foster father and his adopted kids for years. Xu said most of the children were suffering from malnutrition.
Xu said that Ray has lived in China for over 30 years and speaks fluent Chinese, but doesn’t seem to have a regular job. Phoebe speaks fluent English and only a bit of Chinese.
The source said that Ray has been taking in orphans, many of whom are believed to have been abandoned by parents because of birth defects, and raising them since 2004. Ray has posted photos and stories of the kids online at www.rayschildren.org.
A witness quoted in a Beijinger report claims that Ray was rough with the children in public and was seen pushing them, twisting their ears and yelling at them. This article also said the children were sometimes spotted begging in front of a foreign supermarket in dirty clothing.
Xu said the kids were homeschooled and moved from home to home, often losing contact with former volunteers. He was last believed to be living in a two-bedroom apartment in Shunyi district’s Capital Paradise, but guards say he has since moved out.
Global Times reached out to the public security bureau in Shunyi as well as the affiliated hospital of Capital Institute of Pediatrics, where Phoebe is reported to have been admitted. Both declined to comment.