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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.

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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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  1. Markus

    August 22, 2020 at 11:06 am

    indeed I am even more concerned about the mother. While the father obviously acted in an extreme fit of rage, the mother seems to have been calm, taking a video of the incident and judging from the quality of the video even without much shaking (some shaking might have been suppressed by anti-shake software, but such software has its limits which were clearly not reached here)
    It seems pretty clear that the mother indeed suffers from some kind of mental illness and she might be no less dangerous than the father, potentially even more dangerous.

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One Dead, 17 Injured in Guangxi Kindergarten Knife Attack

News of a brutal kindergarten attack in Guangxi has shocked Chinese netizens.

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A brutal attack on a kindergarten in the city of Beiliu, Guangxi Province, has left at least one dead and 17 people injured. (Update April 29: Two victims have now passed away due to the attack.)

The incident occurred on the afternoon of April 28, when a man stormed into the school with a knife and started stabbing the pupils and teaching staff. The man attacked at least 16 children and 2 teachers. Blurred videos of the scene showed injured children in the playground area, some sitting up and some lying on the floor.

The 25-year-old man from Guangxi’s Guannan village was arrested shortly after the attack and his motives remain unknown at this time. One video on Weibo shows the man being taken away by police. Some online rumors (unconfirmed) suggested the man was going through a divorce and that his wife works at the kindergarten.

Local authorities in Beiliu and Yulin are calling on people to donate blood while the hospital is treating those who were injured in the attack. Images shared on Weibo showed people lining up to donate blood.

In June of 2020, a similar kindergarten attack left 39 children and staff injured.

On Weibo, the incident has become a trending topic, with many people expressing anger and sorrow over the attack.

“Is this another ‘mental disorder’ [case]?” (“又是精神病?”) many commenters write.

“This news really breaks my heart. Those poor children have done nothing wrong, they are innocent,” one person writes. Many others write that they hope the man will be severely punished. “He should be executed on the spot,” some say, with others writing: “Having a mental disorder is not an excuse.”

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Delivery Man in Anhui Run Over by Ambulance Sent to Rescue Him

From bad to worse: this Eleme delivery man was run over by an ambulance after being hit by an SUV.

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On April 12, a delivery man in the city of Bozhou, Anhui province, was run over by an ambulance arriving at the scene of an accident where he had just been injured.

Shocking footage circulating on Chinese social media shows the delivery man lying in the middle of the road when the ambulance arrives and runs over his leg. The incident happened around 12:00 in the afternoon (link to video, viewer discretion advised).

While the delivery man already suffered injuries because he was hit by an SUV shortly before, things quickly went from bad to worse when the ambulance that was supposed to come to his rescue crushed his leg. The man is currently undergoing treatment at a local hospital in Mengcheng county.

Statement on Weibo by the official Mengcheng county account (@蒙城发布).

According to recent news reports, the ambulance driver has currently been suspended and is under investigation.

The incident received a lot of attention on Weibo today, where the hashtag page discussing the double accident received over 150 million views (#外卖员被救护车二次碾压#).

Many comments relating to this incident are focused on the role of the traffic police at the scene of the accident, with people wondering why there was no guard standing next to the victim.

Thousands of commenters also address how sorry they feel for the victim, especially because the lives of many food delivery drivers – facing long working hours and low wages – is already tough enough.

According to Toutiao News (头条新闻), the delivery man works for Chinese food delivery giant Eleme. Wang Gang (王刚, alias) is approximately 30 years old and has a wife and a child. He had only been working for Eleme for a few months and reportedly did not have any prior accidents.

In Monday’s double accident, Wang suffered a mild skull fracture, seven broken ribs, and a fractured lower leg. He is in stable condition.

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