The Star Tribune reported Saturday that St. Paul police said Chue Xiong, 44, who reported finding a toddler abandoned on a Frogtown street corner was supposed to be caring for the boy, whose mother is in jail. Police spokesman Tom Walsh and Xiong admitted the hoax after relatives, who had seen some of the media coverage, pressured him to tell the truth. However, Saturday afternoon, Xiong denied that he was supposed to care for the 2-year-old boy, said his stepdaughter Judy Vue, who was translating. The boy remains in the custody of Ramsey County child protection services. The boy's 33-year-old mother has been in the Ramsey County jail on warrants for forgery and theft since Wednesday. Xiong reported that he had just come home from taking his four children to school when he spotted the shoeless boy about 10 a.m. and said he waited outside with the boy for about three hours, hoping someone would come and pick him up, before he called police.
The Pioneer Press reported that Xiong is the stepfather. "I don't know her [Zia Yang]. I am not the stepfather," said Xiong, smoking and angrily pacing around the same corner the child allegedly wandered. He told police that he and his wife, See Lee, waited with the boy and that he refused to talk to them. He said he was a restaurant cook who recently lost his job and has four other children, including a 10-year-old boy and three daughters, ages 15, 14 and 4. Police now are conducting an investigation into possible charges against Chue Xiong.