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Outrage over Shocking Video – Shaanxi Toddler Dies after Father Violently Throws Him Down

A short video shows how a drunken father slams his toddler son into the sofa.

Manya Koetse

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A shocking video that shows how a drunken father throws his toddler son down is triggering outrage and legal discussions on Chinese social media. (Warning – distressing content.)

A video that shows how a young child gets slammed on the sofa by his father twice, and then to falls the ground, is sparking outrage on Chinese social media, where the topic received over 630 million views on Weibo on Saturday.

The 2,5-year-old child from the northwestern Chinese province Shaanxi died after the violent actions by his drunken father. The incident occurred on August 19 in the city of Baoji.

A 7-second video of the moment of the violent outburst, captured by the mother, has spread all over Chinese social media. (Here is a link to the video by The Paper, and here is one where the child is blurred – warning for distressing content.)

Baoji authorities have stated that the incident took place after an altercation between the parents over the child’s upbringing. The child later passed away at the hospital.

The father, named Liu, has been taken into custody. The mother is receiving psychological counseling.

Some of the discussions on Weibo are about the question of whether or not the father intentionally killed his child. His sentence will depend on whether he is charged with purposely harming the toddler, or purposely causing death.

If he is sentenced for killing his son, he could face life imprisonment or even the death penalty.

An in-depth discussion of the matter was provided by lawyer blogger “Ding Dalong” (丁大龙), who analyzed the short video and thinks that although it is obvious that the father intentionally harmed the child, he did not mean to slam the child to the ground, but on the sofa instead.

The lawyer, therefore, thinks the Shaanxi father should be charged with intentional harm, and not intentional homicide.

While many on Weibo think the father should receive the death penalty for his actions, there are also those who do not understand why the mother, who filmed the incident, did not step in.

According to sources quoted by Sina News, the child’s mother is suffering from a mental illness.

“Just because you can reproduce, does not mean you can be a parent,” some people on Weibo write.

Other post candles for the toddler. “This life was hard on you, little kid,” one commenter writes: “Hope you find peace in your next life.”

By Manya Koetse

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Manya Koetse is the editor-in-chief of www.whatsonweibo.com. She is a writer and consultant (Sinologist, MPhil) on social trends in China, with a focus on social media and digital developments, popular culture, and gender issues. Contact at manya@whatsonweibo.com, or follow on Twitter.

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    Boy, 15, Fatally Beaten and Buried by Group of Minors in Shaanxi

    The heinous crime has sparked discussions on the problem of campus violence and China’s criminal liability age.

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    A brutal incident that took place in the city of Xingping in Shaanxi province is top trending on Chinese social media today.

    On October 29, a 15-year-old boy by the name of Yuan (袁) was fatally beaten and buried by a group of six people, all minors.

    Beijing News reports that Yuan was a second-year student at the Xianyang Xingping Jincheng Middle School. He had taken time off from school and had a temporary job in Xi’an before the incident occurred.

    Yuan’s father told reporters that his son had returned to Xingping on October 29. A small group of minors, including four students, allegedly demanded money from Yuan, which he refused. It is also reported that a conflict occurred because Yuan added one of the minors to his phone’s ‘blacklist’ (电话拉黑).

    According to various news reports, the group of minors attacked the boy with a pickaxe after which he became unconscious. They then brought him over to a nearby hotel and discovered he was dead the next day. They later buried his lifeless body in a pit near the school premises.

    The location where Yuan’s body was buried, photo by Beijing News.

    On November 2, other students who had heard of the crime reported it to the police. Yuan’s body was found in the pit shortly after officers arrived at the scene.

    Local authorities released a statement about the case on November 10, in which they stated the suspects have been detained and that the case is still under investigation.

    Various sources on Weibo claim that Yuan previously also suffered beatings at school, with severe school bullying being the main reason for the 15-year-old to temporarily drop out of school.

    In a video report by Pear Video, Yuan’s father says they are still unsure of how their son died, suggesting he might have still been alive when he was buried in the pit.

    China has been dealing with an epidemic of school violence for years. In 2016, Chinese netizens already urged authorities to address the problem of extreme bullying in schools, partly because minors under the age of 16 rarely face criminal punishment for their actions.

    On social media site Weibo and on the news app Toutiao, many commenters are not just angered about the incident but also focus on China’s laws regarding the criminal responsibility of minors.

    Some write: “Our criminal laws for minors should protect minors instead of protecting juvenile offenders!”

    China’s criminal liability age is currently set at 14. Last month, Global Times reported on a proposal to lower the age of criminal liability in China from 14 to 12 in response to concerns about an alleged increase in juvenile violence.

    “These minors need to be severely punished,” multiple commenters wrote: “Who knows who else they might hurt?”

    By Manya Koetse

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    Viral Video Exposes Wuhan Canteen Kitchen Food Malpractices

    Boots in the food bowl, meat from the floor: this Wuhan college canteen is making a food safety mess.

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    A video that exposes the poor food hygiene inside the kitchen of a Wuhan college canteen has been making its rounds on Chinese social media these days.

    The video shows how a kitchen staff member picks up meat from the floor to put back in the tray, and how another kitchen worker uses rain boots to ‘wash’ vegetables in a big bowl on the ground, while another person is smoking.

    The video was reportedly shot by someone visiting the canteen of the Wuhan Donghu University (武汉东湖学院) and was posted on social media on November 7.

    According to various news sources, including Toutiao News, the school has confirmed that the video was filmed in their canteen, stating that those responsible for the improper food handling practices have now been fired.

    The Wuhan Donghu University also posted a statement on their Weibo account on November 8, saying it will strengthen the supervision of its canteen food handling practices.

    “The students at this school will probably vomit once they see this footage,” some commenters on Weibo wrote.

    Wuhan Donghu University is an undergraduate private higher education institution established in 2000. The school has approximately 16,000 full-time undergraduate students.

    “I’m afraid that this is just the tip of the iceberg,” one popular comment said, receiving over 25,000 likes.

    Students from other universities also expressed concerns over the food handling practices in their own canteens, while some said they felt nauseous for having had lunch at the Wuhan canteen in question.

    By Manya Koetse

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