Story of girl reported missing ends amicably

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JOHOR BARU: An amicable ending is in sight for a two-year-old girl, who was initially reported to be missing but was allegedly "sold off" by her father.

A Singaporean couple, who has been looking after Angie Tiong (pic) in the past month, had indicated their willingness to bring her back to the relatives who had been caring for the child since she was five months old.

Johor Temple Foundation adviser Yap Yeen Min, who acted as a mediator between the couple and Angie's relatives, said he would arrange for the two parties to meet up soon.

He said the couple understood the anxiety of the relatives and was thus agreeable to bringing her back although they had started working on the adoption process with the Singapore authorities.

Yap revealed that the 50-something couple - a senior executive officer and his homemaker wife - would also explain the whole matter to the police here once they come perhaps on Monday.

Since the couple took in Angie last month, Yap told Sin Chew Daily that "Angie has learned to brush her teeth and go to the toilet".

Angie's controversy began when her 33-year-old father lodged a police report on Dec 10, saying that his girl had been kidnapped by a friend.

However, the father who was allegedly a drug addict was later believed to have "sold" her to the Singaporean couple.