Abandoned tot may return for Kiwi education

Last updated 00:00 07/10/2007
BACK TO NZ: Qian Xue Xin, the Auckland toddler abandoned in Melbourne by her fugitive father, may return to NZ for her education. The three-year-old's grandmother was granted custody of her this week.

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Abandoned three-year-old Qian Xun Xue is likely to return to New Zealand or Australia for some of her schooling, according to a spokesman.

Qian's maternal grandmother, Liu Xiao Ping, was given guardianship last week and the pair are likely to return to China soon.

Principal Family Court Judge Peter Boshier also awarded Qian's half-sister Grace Xue contact via email, phone calls, the exchange of photos and visits.

Xue is expected to make a statement tomorrow on behalf of her and Liu.

Spokesman Tony Edmonds said the statement would outline plans for the care of the little girl nicknamed Pumpkin, and her possible return to New Zealand or Australia for some of her education. Edmonds said it was difficult to get the best education in China, and Qian would have more opportunities if she studied here.

Qian's father, Nai Yin Xue, left her at the bottom of an escalator at a Melbourne train station and then fled to the United States.

The body of his wife, Anan Liu, Qian's mother, was found the following week in the boot of a car in Auckland. Despite being a murder suspect, under New Zealand law he remains Qian's guardian.

US police are still searching for Nai Yin Xue, who is believed to be in California.

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- Sunday Star Times

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