The disappearance of the husband, identified as Jimmy Norby, with the baby, Charlie, on 20 January 2014 followed a quarrel at a resort in Chiang Mai where the couple had been staying.
Incidence of child abductions by a parent in mixed marriages is on the rise in Thailand.
Friends of the distressed wife then launched a frantic Facebook campaign, posting a photo of little Charlie with his father in an attempt to locate them. The photo has been shared widely.
Then on 25 January, the wife received a text message from her husband, indicating that they were in Pai district of Mae Hong Son.
The story ended well when Norby suddenly showed up at the Chiang Mai resort on 29 January and the family was happily reunited.
ScandAsia apologizes unreservedly for publishing the photo we mistakenly thought was that of the mother of the child and we have immediately deleted it. We did try several times to reach by phone the contact person mentioned in the outcry for help published on Facebook, but the phone was not taken. It was not explained on Facebook which nationality the mother was – it was widely assumed by people, who helped spread it, that she was Thai. We have now deleted any reference to the mothers nationality.
More details of the drama, which eventually ended happily, is in the comment by Lawrence Abramson below.