Xiao Youhuai is only 12 years old, but his life has come full circle. His parents allegedly abandoned him in a cardboard box when he was still a baby because they felt he was a bad omen - his father lost three fingers in an industrial accident before the boy was born. His grandmother, Chow Siu-shuen, brought him to Hong Kong so she could take care of him. The problem was that the boy came to the city on a two-way permit and he overstayed it for nine years. After reading about the suicide of a girl with no legal documents in Hong Kong a few months ago, Chow, 67, became worried and sought help from the Federation of Trade Unions. Accompanied by the federation's lawmaker, Chan Yuen-han, the boy surrendered to the Immigration Department in May and was given temporary documents to stay in the city. But about two weeks later, Chow unexpectedly had her grandson voluntarily deported to the mainland. She claimed that she only did so because the federation and the department told her the boy's parents had been found and were willing to take care of him. But both parties denied her claims. Hounded by the media, the pair crossed the border but the boy's parents were nowhere to be seen. READ MORE: 'Good behaviour' bond urged for grandmother of boy undocumented in Hong Kong for nine years Chow, who is now being prosecuted, had rented an 80 sq ft flat in Shenzhen to take care of the boy since he was deported and travelled to Hong Kong when she needed to go to court. She pleaded guilty yesterday to one count of aiding, abetting, counselling or procuring a breach of conditions of stay. The case was adjourned to November 10. In an interview with the Post last month, Chow said she was not willing to leave her grandson to his fate in Shenzhen because she would then be no different from Youhuai's parents in abandoning him. "I decided to take care of him when his parents abandoned him because I was also abandoned by my father," she said."I have been there and I know what it feels like." Since Youhuai crossed the border into Shenzhen in June, Chow has repeatedly visited the Public Security Bureau in Guangdong's Shantou city, where the boy was born, and asked the authorities to issue him a two-way permit to come back to Hong Kong. She was rejected every time. She said Youhuai has also been rejected by orphanages and schools in Shenzhen because he is not registered in the city. His hukou , or household registration, is from Shantou. "He always asks me why he has such a miserable life," she said. "People in Shenzhen sometimes recognise him and point their fingers at him."