Police are trying to trace a woman who abandoned a three-year-old boy at an orphanage in central China.
The child was left at the home in Hengyang in Hunan province last week, the city’s police said in a statement.
The boy was abandoned in the early hours of the morning on the lawn in front of the orphanage, together with a bag of his clothes and a note recording the child’s date of birth, the police said.
The note also said “divorced”, “unable to raise [him]” and “giving up”.
The boy cried and ran after his mother when she walked away, according to the police.
He followed her for some distance, but got lost in the streets.
Three hours later an old man found the child, sobbing and shivering. He bought him breakfast and reported the matter to police.
The boy speaks with a non-local accent.
He told the police his father had driven him and his mother to the area in a car.
Police said they would keep the boy in the orphanage until they found his parents.
So far they have no clues as to his identity.