Jailed Chin Mother Voiced Custody of Her Son
17 August 2011: A Chin mother imprisoned for abandoning her son at birth in the US in June 2009 said she wants to regain possession of her child during a DuPage County Jail interview.
Nunu Sung, who is serving a three-year sentence in prison, said she wants to raise her 2-year-old son when she gets out of jail, according to the Chicago Tribune yesterday.
She also said that she would never harm her baby and should be given a second chance.
The 26-year-old refugee from Burma was jailed for telling lies to the police about being the child’s mother following her abandonment of her son near a row of garages in Wheaton, DuPage County, Illinois State.
When asked about losing her son during an ‘interpreted’ interview, Nunu Sung said she didn’t want to talk about it but she was a good mom and loved her son.
One of the comments posted on the website said: “After at least a year in the system, why hasn’t she learned some English? How will she talk to him, through an interpreter? There are opportunities in jail to learn. I think she is only thinking of what she wants and not what the boy needs. Does she have any idea of what being a parent entails?”
The 2-year-old son Joshua, a name given by the hospital staff, has been in foster care since he was released from the hospital after being found near a tree with his umbilical cord still attached in the morning on 12 June 2009.
Nunu Sung was given permission to make a weekly ‘supervised’ visit when her son, Cung Van Ni, a Chin name as called by his mom, was about 7 weeks old before she was put to prison in October last year.
Members of a Chin Church in the US was said to have raised money and helped with her legal costs.
The father of the child has been identified but was quoted as saying that he didn’t want to get involved in the matter. Nunu Sung said that he never picked up the calls since he knew she was pregnant.
Nunu Sung said in the interview that it is the most shameful thing for a young woman to have a child without a husband in her tradition.
Through the UNHCR in Malaysia, Nunu Sung arrived in the US about three years before the birth of Joshua after fleeing her native place, Chin State in Burma.
Her fight for the rights to get back with her ‘abandoned’ son continues.
Van Biak Thang