QUINCY — The search for a Quincy woman and her five children who left the region when the state’s child protection agency started investigating her family ended early Friday when she and the children returned to their home.
Yurong Wu, 41, was charged with custodial kidnapping and child endangerment, said Quincy Police Captain John Dougan. After receiving a tip from a neighbor at 4:30 a.m., officers found Wu and her five children back at their home on Yardarm Lane, he said.
The Department of Children and Families took custody of the five children, Dougan said.
Police Chief Paul Keenan said all of the children are healthy, including the youngest, whose medical condition had initially sparked DCF’s concern.
“They are in good shape,’’ he said. “They are safe.’’
Keenan said Wu apparently fled shortly before DCF tried to step in to assure that the baby, just over 2 months old, received necessary medical care. The baby was born prematurely in December, and a doctor who later examined the infant concluded the child was not thriving, triggering the agency’s attention.
Keenan said school officials had noticed that the older children were not attending class, and asked police to investigate on Feb. 27. Wu and the children, the oldest of whom is 10, were not home then. On March 4, local and state authorities and their New York counterparts sought the public’s help in securing their return.
Wu’s husband, Jackie Mei, was questioned by Quincy officers, but he allegedly refused to say where his wife and children were, leading to his own arrest on charges of child endangerment and misleading a police investigation, Dougan said.
Bail for Mei, 51, was set at $1,500 at his March 6 arraignment. He posted it Tuesday and was freed on GPS monitoring.
Wu appeared Friday in Quincy District Court, where she pleaded not guilty and bail was set at $7,500, according to Norfolk District Attorney Michael Morrissey’s office.
If she posts bail, she would also be required to wear a GPS bracelet and adhere to DCF requirements set by the court, Judge Paul J. McCallum said.