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Single father leaves young son at police station in protest for confiscating his motorcycle

By Mason White 3:30 PM July 28, 2015
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By: Wayne Morin
A man was angry after police seized his motorcycle, which he uses to support his son.

The father of Shenzhen, China, used his young son as leverage to negotiate the return of his motorcycle, which was confiscated by the traffic police on Saturday.

The father, who was identified as Li, went with his 9-year-old son to the police station on Sunday, and asked for his motorcycle to be returned.

When the police refused, he decided to leave the child at the police station.

The boy, who was identified as Yiyi, stayed there and just wandered around the station while his father was gone.

The boy told officers that his father told him to “stay for a few days,” assuming that he would be in good hands with the police.

Police called Li, but he refused to return to the station to pick up his son unless he gets his bike back.

He told the officers that he left his son with police because he is a single father and he cannot make a living without his motorcycle.

Li returned to the police station around 10:00 p.m., but his son was no longer at the police station. The child was handed over to child protective services.

Li could face a fine or jail time for his attempt to use his young son as a bargaining chip. It is unclear whether his son will be returned to him.