She abducted infant in her care and used him to beg for four years

A frantic search by the grief stricken parents for their only child drew a blank. The father sustained serious injury in a mishap while looking for his little son and is now confined to a wheelchair. Their domestic aide who ran away with the infant had left no traces. But, four years later, the child’s mother sighted the suspect while she was travelling in a bus in Colombo …

By Wimal Keerthi - Negombo Correspondent

The Katunayake Police last week arrested a woman who had abducted a four-month-old infant and earned money by begging on the streets for almost four years. Investigations revealed that the 42-year-old woman from Ambalangoda had been working as a domestic servant for the child’s parents and one day when they were not at home the woman had fled taking the child with her. The father was a garage owner in Heenatiyana. The child, a boy, was their only child.

The police and the parents of the child looked for their precious bundle of joy in every possible place without success. One day when the child’s mother was travelling in a bus in Colombo she had spotted the suspect and informed the police and she was arrested, according to the police.

Investigations revealed that the woman, after abducting the child, had been begging with him at the Anuradhapura railway station and the police on suspicion arrested her but she had been able to give them the slip leaving the child behind.

Following the incident on a court order the child was handed over to an orphanage in the area. Later he was transferred to an orphanage in Minuwangoda.

The child’s father while looking frantically for his son met with an accident and became disabled due to injury to his spinal cord suffered in the mishap.

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