About a month ago, Sam's wife took their three-year-old son and left home in the wee hours of the morning.
Since then, she had stayed away, ignored his messages and transferred their only child to another pre-school. The 36-year-old manager, meanwhile, feared "losing my son forever".
A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on February 02, 2019, with the headline Hide & seek: Heartbreaking tales of abduction by a parent when marriage sours. Subscribe