Sichuan Santai: 3-year-old boy was abducted and sold by relatives, suffering 35 years to return home for reunion
China News Service, Mianyang, April 20 (Yang Yongcha Xuyang) “Son, come home with us, we will never be separated again, we can’t stand such a blow anymore, son, let’s go home together! “On April 20, Liu Yuhua and ex-husband Li Zongfu met their 35-year-old son Li Zhibo at the Public Security Bureau of Santai County, Mianyang City, Sichuan Province. The moment the son walked out from behind the door, the two of them burst into tears and hugged his son tightly. It’s been a long time since I didn’t want to let go.
The time was set back to December 2, 1986. On that day, Li Zongfu was working in a paper mill, and Liu Yuhua made a new quilt for his 3-year-old son Li Zhibo at home. At noon, Li Zongfu’s cousin Liu Bing rode a bicycle to pick up Li Zhibo to the movie. Thinking that Liu Bing was the cousin of her husband Li Zongfu, Liu Yuhua didn’t care. After a few instructions, he asked Liu Bing to take his son Li Zhibo out to play. Night had come, but his son was not sent home by Liu Bing for a long time. The anxious Li Zongfu and Liu Yuhua drove more than 30 kilometers to look for Liu Bing’s house, but they were nowhere to be seen.
Liu Yuhua and his wife immediately mobilized relatives and friends to look around, but there was still no news. The two who collapsed chose to call the police. After receiving the police, the Santai County Public Security Bureau attached great importance to it and immediately arranged police forces to deploy and control the stations, docks, and key intersections, and filed investigations. Through visits and investigations, the case was successfully solved in 1987, and Liu Bing and others were arrested and imprisoned by the police. According to Liu Bing’s account, in 1987, the abducted police from the Public Security Bureau of Santai County went to Jiangsu Province to rescue the kidnapped child Li Zhibo, but failed due to various reasons.
p > Li Zhibo’s family sent a silk banner to the Public Security Bureau of Santai County. Photo by Zha Xuyang
The last hope about the child was shattered, and the lives of Liu Yuhua and Li Zongfu were filled with tears and pain all day long. Li Zongfu blamed Liu Yuhua for failing to take good care of her children as a mother; Liu Yuhua spread the grievances against Liu Bing on her husband Li Zongfu. In the two years after Li Zhibo’s loss, his grandparents died one after another due to excessive sadness. Year after year, day after day, there is still no news of their son. Liu Yuhua and Li Zongfu are tortured to death. Finally, in 2007, Liu Yuhua and Li Zongfu chose to divorce.
After the divorce, Li Zongfu went out to work while looking for his son’s whereabouts; Liu Yuhua came to Mianyang from Santai County to work as a nanny. “I like to help others with children. With children around, it feels like my own children are still with me, and I can get some psychological comfort.” Liu Yuhua recalled the sad past and couldn’t help tearing his eyes.
In April 2011, the Public Security Bureau of Santai County collected blood samples from Li Zongfu and Liu Yuhua into the anti-trafficking bank. After a long time of precipitation, through the blind comparison of the DNA database, the blood samples collected by Li Zongfu and Liu Yuhua and the blood samples collected by the Public Security Bureau of Xuzhou City, Jiangsu Province, the genetic markers detected by the blood samples of Wei XX conformed to the genetic law, confirming that they are related.
In mid-March of this year, under the guidance of the Mianyang abduction police, Wei XX took the initiative to collect biological samples again at the public security organs in Xuzhou City, Jiangsu Province, and mailed them to the Mianyang Public Security Bureau. The DNA laboratory of the Public Security Bureau of Mianyang City confirmed that Li Zongfu and Liu Yuhua were the biological parents of Wei XX. Wei XX was a kidnapped child Li Zhibo.
On April 20, at the Public Security Bureau of Santai County, Li Zongfu and Liu Yuhua met their son Li Zhibo, who had been abducted for 35 years. “Son, mom thought I would never see you again in this life. Mom and Dad are sorry, but didn’t take care of you and made you suffer…” At the confession scene, the parents and children hugged each other tightly and wept with joy. For this hug, Li Zongfu and Liu Yuhua suffered for 35 years.
Li Zhibo, a 3-year-old kid who was abducted back then, is now a father and has raised two children, the oldest is already 5 years old. “I’m going to take my mom and dad to my current home to see my wife and two children.” Li Zhibo said, the adoptive parents also know about finding their biological parents, and they still agree with them. In the future, Li Zhibo will take good care of his biological parents and adoptive parents. (End)