Three-year-old 'pushed mother to death' in China
A Chinese mother who died after falling down a lift shaft while searching for her keys appeared to have been pushed by her three-year-old son, a newspaper claimed.
The 45-year-old woman, who was named only as Mrs Xie, was looking for a misplaced set of house keys that she suspected had fallen down the shaft when she plummeted to her death last Saturday in the eastern city of Ningbo.
Yang Shao, a 52-year-old who manages the block of flats where the victim lived, said she had been helping Mrs Xie and her young son search when the accident happened at just after 9am.
The two women forced open the lift doors on the fifth floor and Mrs Xie began to look inside, according to the Qianjiang Evening Post, a newspaper from the nearby city of Hangzhou.
Sensing danger, Ms Yang warned Ms Xie to take care.
But after briefly turning away she was horrified to look back and discover that the woman had disappeared."Where is your mother?" the Ms Yang asked the boy, who was not named.
"I pushed her down," he reportedly replied.
Gruesome video footage aired on Zhejiang TV showed the moment firefighters found Mrs Xie's limp body slumped at the bottom of the shaft."
Bring a stretcher, quickly," one firefighter shouts.
Another voice can be heard on his walkie-talkie saying: "Do you need ambulance?" "I've already called ambulance," the rescuer replies.
"Send a stretcher, fast." Mrs Xie was already dead when she arrived at the local hospital.
"The thing that makes me the saddest is that my wife has gone and my son will have to carry the blame for his whole life," her husband, named only as Mr Tang, told local television.