n a story that burnt up the Chinese interwebs yesterday, a woman has been arrested in Zhejiang province after faking the disappearance of her 11-year-old son in order to test her husband’s love for his family.
The 33-year-old mother had reported her son missing to police in the city of Yueqing on Friday afternoon. News of the child’s mysterious disappearance spread quickly on social media over the weekend after the woman shared a description of her son and asked for help from the public, offering a 500,000 yuan reward.
After five days of searching, the boy was found on Tuesday evening. However, it turns out that he had never actually been missing in the first place.
According to a police statement released the following day, the woman had hidden her son in a vehicle after he got out of school on Friday, giving him food and telling him to stay put, before later transporting him to a nearby village.
She told police that she had faked her son’s disappearance in order to test her husband’s love and devotion for his family. The husband works in another city and the couple had recently been having some relationship problems.
Apparently, the stunt did at least work to prove her husband’s love for his son. In an interview prior to the boy being found, the dad looked extremely disheveled, telling the reporter that he had been searching for four days straight and had not slept a wink. “It’s like he disappeared into thin air,” the father sighed.
The mother has now been arrested on charges of deliberately creating and spreading false information. Police said that they had wasted a large amount of time and public resources on the unnecessary search.