Undocumented 2-year-old Boy Rescued in Residential Fire 公寓火警 消防搶救發現2歲"黑戶寶寶"

Firefighters called to the scene of a fire in Taichung on Aug. 10 found a 2-year-old boy alone in an apartment. According to the boy's father, his mother was an illegal Vietnamese migrant worker that abandoned them. He told police the boy is undocumented because he was too busy with work to visit the household registration office.


An unattended stove burned the pan black and almost caused an apartment fire on Taichung's Furong Street. Luckily firefighters arrived in time and found a 2-year-old boy trapped inside.

Wu Chia-chen, Squadron Chief, Fire Bureau, Taichung City: “(After we broke the door down, we saw the boy) in there by himself. When he saw the rescue workers, he froze for a moment and then started bawling. ”

The boy was alone in the apartment but fortunately sustained no injuries. His father, a man surnamed Yen, told the police that the boy was given birth by a Vietnamese migrant worker years ago. Yen said she completely disappeared so that he has to raise the boy alone. He never registered his son, making him undocumented.

Voice of Hou Shu-ju, Director, Taichung City Domestic Violence Center:” The child might not be able to properly express himself verbally, or might not have developed verbal skills yet.”

The Taichung City Social Affairs Bureau says the boy's father is willing to continue taking care of him, and it will help him register his son so he can go to school.

Under the Protection of Children and Youth Welfare and Rights Act, "Children aged below six or children and youth that need special care" should not be left alone. Anyone against the law will be required to attend a maximum of 50 hours of parenting classes. According to the Child Welfare League Foundation, 43 cases of undocumented children were reported last year, along with 38 cases of parents not registering a child's birth within 60 days. The majority of these cases involved migrant worker parents.

Voice of Lee Hung-wen, Director, Child Welfare League Foundation:” (The migrant worker) was afraid of her employer finding out and gave birth secretly.  She thought about hiding the baby, giving him up, or asking other migrant worker friends to take care of him.”

The foundation says hospitals should proactively file reports about potential situations and health bureaus should also stay vigilant for similar cases when administering vaccines.

 

 

 

鍋子燒到焦黑,所幸消防人員趕到,才阻止一場火警。台中市東區富榮街一處公寓,10號傳出冒煙,消防人員破門發現是爐火未關,搜尋屋內,只有一名2歲的男童在家。

台中市消防局東英分隊小隊長 吳家振:「(破門看到男童)一個人在那邊,看到我們搶救人員愣了一下,後來嚎啕大哭。)

2歲男童所幸沒有受傷,但警方發現,男童並沒有登記戶籍,父親顏姓男子返家後向警方表示,多年前與一名越籍女移工交往後生下兒子,但女移工不告而別,他獨力扶養沒報戶口,成了黑戶寶寶。

台中市家防中心主任侯淑茹:「孩子可能在語言表達上,比較限制或許是刺激不夠,所以他的語言表達能力比較差。」

台中市社會局介入了解,男童父親有照顧意願,將協助男童取得身分和就學。但把6歲以下孩子獨留家裡,已經違反兒權法,依法須接受50小時以下的親職教育。根據兒福聯盟的統計,去年度各戶政單位提供,身分不明的兒少人數共有43件,出生超過60天以上未報戶口就有38件。而生父母是移工的占大多數。

兒盟政策中心主任李宏文:「(移工生下後)害怕雇主知道,所以就偷偷生下來,甚至想辦法藏。或是有棄養,或是請同樣是移工的朋友代為照顧的情況。」

兒福聯盟表示,醫療院所應該落實主動通報,衛生單位接種疫苗時也加強把關身分,落實通報和機制,避免類似狀況發生。

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