Police: Man lied about child being abandoned

9:28 PM, Apr 15, 2007   |    comments
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St. Paul Police say they have solved the mystery of a young boy who was reportedly found alone on a street corner. Forty-four year old Chou Xiong called police around 4pm Thursday to report he found a child, between 18 months and 2 years old, abandoned on the corner of Kent Street and Edmund Avenue. Police say Xiong is the boy's stepfather who was supposed to be caring for the child because the boy's mother is currently in the Ramsey County Jail. Thirty-three year old Zia Yang was arrested Wednesday night on an outstanding warrant for felony forgery and theft. Authorities took the boy to Children's Hospital and, after an exam found him to be ok, they placed him with Ramsey County Child Protection officials. He remains in protective custody. Police say media reports about the boy were seen by extended family who then urged Xiong to confess. Police say Xiong came to them to admit he was the boy's stepfather. But Xiong tells KARE 11 he has admitted nothing to police. He says he does not know Zia Yang or her little boy. He says he is not the child's stepfather. Instead, he says, he is married to See Lee who stood next to him during an interview today. Nonetheless, police stand by their report. Investigators from St. Paul and Ramsey County will start the process on Monday to decide whether to press any charges.

By Renee Tessman, KARE 11 News

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