The boy is currently being cared for by police officers as the investigation continues
Despite a plea to the public for information, Dubai Police have been unable to ascertain the identity of a five-year old boy found unattended at a local mall.
The boy, who is believed to be an Indian, was found by a woman on Saturday at Al Reef Mall in Deira.
According to Gulf News, the boy – who is currently being taken care of at Muraqabaat Police Station – responded to questions in English, but didn’t provide any answers indicating the identity of his parents.
The UAE’s National has reported that police officials believe the boy’s mother left him with a friend to be taken care of, who then abandoned him at the mall in the hopes that he would be found and properly looked after. Police, however, have been unable to confirm the theory.
When questioned by officers, the child was reported to have said his father was “superman”.
Mohamed Ali Rustom, Dubai’s advocate general and the head of family and juvenile prosecution, was quoted as saying that he believes that the child was intentionally abandoned, and that the parents may be liable for prosecution if found to have breached child protection laws.
“The interest and welfare of the child is at the heart of our work and we cannot speculate at this point,” he said. “We must wait until investigations are complete.”
If the child’s parents cannot be identified, he will be referred to the government-run Foundation for Women and Children.
“We don’t know for certain, but perhaps once the facts of the case are clear, contact would be made to the child’s embassy to arrange for his future care," Rustom said.