JOHOR BARU, Jan 5, 2016:

The Johor Welfare Department today obtained a court order to place a toddler under the care of a child protection home for a month. The toddler had been previously reported missing before a couple who had adopted her handed her over to the police.

The toddler has recently been the focus of an alleged abduction case late last year involving her father and several parties who had claimed that she was abducted from a budget hotel here.

The Johor Welfare Department obtained the court order from the Johor Baru Magistrate Court here at 12pm.

Johor Baru district welfare officer Manayi Ibrahim said the court order allowed the toddler to be under the care and supervision of the department.

“The toddler will be sent to one of the department’s homes for children in Johor Baru for about a month,” he said.

Manayi said police had initiated investigations under Section 48 of the Child Act 2001 for unlawful transfer of possession, custody or control of a child.

On Dec 10, a National Urgent Response (NUR) Alert for toddler Angie Tiong was sent out when she was reported missing about a month after her father last saw her at a budget hotel in Taman Pelangi here.

Meanwhile, the couple claimed that they went through proper procedures to adopt Tiong, and were willing to give up the toddler after knowing that caring for her would be problematic for many other people.

Cannie Ong, a Singaporean in her 40s, claimed that she and her husband had adopted Tiong late last year.

“I have come here today to say I will let go of the adoption and I will not care for the child any more because of the many problems that have arose,” she said at a Press conference at the Southern Johor Chinese Press Club here today.

Ong said she first met the toddler in Johor Baru in August last year through a middleman.

She claimed that she had never met Tiong’s father and had sorted out the adoption procedures through a Johor-based lawyer.

“My husband and I paid the middleman S$4,000 (RM12,193) as a gift for her babysitter’s fee and medical fees.

“The money was not for buying her. We don’t want the money back either,” clarified Ong.

She said that she and her husband, who holds a Singaporean permanent resident status, had been longing for a girl as they had a young son.

“We adored the toddler from the moment we first saw her.”

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