Abandoned baby 'Mai' still in care of state

THE story of "Mai", the abandoned baby has taken another sad turn with the 18-month old remaining in the care of the state and her distraught mother held at the Villawood Immigration Detention Centre.

Police have revealed it was allegedly Mai's father who dumped his daughter outside an Auburn home on Monday night following an apparent dispute with his partner.

Social workers dubbed the baby girl "Mai" as police continued their search for her parents on Tuesday. That afternoon, police were contacted after a 24-year-old Chinese national saw an image of her daughter on the news.

The tragic story had captured widespread media attention and prompted NSW Community Services Minister Pru Goward to make a person plea for Mai's family to come forward.

With the help of a Chinese interpreter, police were able to confirm the young woman was Mai's mother and had been unaware her daughter had been abandoned.

It was also confirmed however that the woman was flagged for a Visa related problem and she was transferred to Villawood late Tuesday.

The Department of Immigration had suggested Mai would be returned to her mother soon after she was taken into detention but a police spokesperson told the Sydney Morning Herald on Wednesday afternoon that Mai remained in foster care.

The search for Mai's father continues.



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