Local police are trying to track down a man who checked out of an unnamed hotel near the Shanghai Railway Station in Zhabei district earlier this week and left his 10-month-old infant in the room.
A cleaner on Wednesday found the child sitting on the hotel room bed next to a baby bottle and some diapers, according to Shanghai Daily. After viewing security camera footage, hotel management identified the child’s father as a 32-year-old Songjiang resident surnamed Zhu, who’d checked into the hotel with the child on Tuesday night but left without him the next morning.
After police failed to reach Zhu through the number he provided at check-in, they called his parents, who came to pick up the infant. The grandparents told police that Zhu gambled often and had been fighting with his wife recently. They said that the child normally lived with his maternal grandparents.
In September, a one-week-old baby was found abandoned on a stranger’s moped in Jinshan district along with a few pieces of clothing. She was taken to a nearby hospital before being transferred to the Shanghai Children’s Welfare Home, as is the case with dozens of infants who are deserted in the city. According to Shanghai lawyer, someone found guilty of abandoning a child can face up to five years in prison.
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