One afternoon on October 17, 1988, a boy named Mao Yin, 2 years and 8 months old became missing. He was playing with his father, Mao Zhenjing in the lobby of a hotel in Xi’an, the capital of Shaanxi province. Suddenly Mao Yin asked to drink water. The father then left that child, ran to the front desk to ask for water. Only 2-3 minutes later, the child disappeared.
While on a business trip abroad, Ms. Li Jingzhi received a call asking her to return home immediately. On the way back, Li thought of dozens of situations. What she did not expect the most was the bad news about her child. The moment she knew her son was missing, Li Jingzhi collapsed on the spot.
At the age of 28, Ms. Li could have lived happily with a happy family and a stable career. But no, since her son’s disappearance, her life has been filled with tears.
The mother began a long journey to find her child. One day, knowing that there was a child that looked like her son in Shangluo (Shaanxi), Li rushed to find him. When they got there, it was said that the baby had been brought back to Xi’an. Li departed on the night of his return, but the child was sent to Ankang. She chased after the child to Sichuan. When she finally met the baby, it wasn’t Mao Yin.
After that, Li Jingzhi often hallucinated. She often heard the voice of her son calling his mother in the night. Li often ran out of the house in the middle of the night to look for her child.
Since 1999, Li has appeared on many television programs in China to raise awareness about child a.b.d.u.c.tion. She also hopes her child can watch the show one day.
In recent years, Li has printed 100,000 notices of finding her child, posted in hundreds of cities and towns in 20 provinces. She found more than 300 clues related to her son and also found more than 300 children who could be hers. Unfortunately, there was no such child as Mao Yin.
In 2007, Li Jingzhi became a volunteer of “Baby Go Home”. Because by that time Li had been searching for her son for nearly two decades. She knớ how difficult that journey is, so she wants to help families. To date, Li has helped reunite about 30 families.
In addition to the mother’s search, the Chinese police opened many investigations into Mao Yin, making the case one of the most famous kidnapping cases in China.
At the end of April this year, Xi’an police obtained a clue that an infertile couple in Sichuan spent 6,000 yuan (more than 20 million dong) to buy a child many years ago. Police investigated and discovered a Sichuan man named Gu Mouning and Mao Yin that look very similar. The DNA results confirmed that Gu Mouning was Mao Yin – the kid abducted 32 years ago.
On May 10, Li Jingzhi received news from the police that her son had been found.
On May 18, the reunion of Mao and his parents was organized by the police and broadcast live on CCTV. On the day of the reunion, Ms. Li couldn’t stop crying.
The police will continue to track down the Mao Yin trafficking ring and properly punish those who callously separate the family.