A married couple in Yangzhou, Jiangsu province attempted to “return” an adopted child after the wife gave birth to a boy of her own and claimed that they couldn’t afford to raise two children.
The 32-year-old husband called the authorities hoping that he could return the adopted baby boy to his real family, claiming that his own mother had illegally adopted the child and forged a birth certificate, according to the Global Times.
The man and his wife weren’t able to conceive after a year of marriage, and he said that his mother adopted the child from a migrant family without his knowledge. He decided they could no longer take care of the baby when his wife unexpectedly became pregnant and gave birth to another boy in March. He twice reported the illegal adoption to police, who denied the request because of “insufficient evidence” and lack of proof of money exchange involved.
An employee with the civil affairs bureau said that the child couldn’t be handed over to child care services or his birth parents because he wasn’t legally adopted. If that makes sense.
“This child may face a tough time in the future,” a police officer was quoted as saying in the report.