Apparently, Pax Thien’s mother is a Heroin addict that never signed the papers to give up her son. Te adoption papers were signed by his grandparents and may not be legal if the mother contests them. However, she abandoned him only two days after giving birth.
The grandparents are afraid she will threaten Angelina Jolie in order to get money. “Our daughter is a heroin addict and she is a bag of trouble. Her life has been ruled by drugs since she was 16. When she finds out that a rich movie star has adopted her baby, she WILL go after Angelina Jolie for money and make trouble for her. She may even try to take the child back.”
Pax Thien’s mother got pregnant after an affair with a married man at the garment factory where she worked. Emaciated and desperate for a fix, Dung gave birth to a seriously underweight son on November 29, 2003. Doctors feared the child would be born a heroin addict.
Two days afterwards, as he fought for life in a special care baby unit, she sneaked out of the hospital leaving her child behind because she couldn’t afford the ?15 medical bill ? the equivalent of a month’s wages.
She disappeared. A month later her traditionalist parents, penniless and consumed by shame at her having a child out of wedlock, gave him to the city’s Tam Binh orphanage. None of his family has seen him since.
The grandfather revealed the boy’s mother Dung was actually at their house when orphanage officials arrived unexpectedly earlier this year. He said: “In January Dung was at our house when the deputy director of the orphanage where we had sent her baby paid a surprise visit to tell us a wealthy American wanted to adopt him. Although our daughter was in the room, she did not reveal that she was the boy’s mother. Nor did we. She just sat in the corner, pretending to knit. She did not say a word and showed absolutely no emotion. She listened hard when the director told us her boy was going to have a good life, and that he was lucky he was going to live with this rich American woman. Then she disappeared. She was still hooked on drugs and we told her we had had enough. We have not seen her since that day.”