Saturday 17 February 2018

Chinese show sympathy for baby strangled by carjacker

Clifford Coonan Beijing

Thousands took to the streets of Changchun in north-eastern China for a candlelight vigil to mourn a baby who was strangled by a carjacker, in a case that has appalled the whole country.

Two-month-old Xu Haobo was asleep in the back seat of his parents' car early on Monday morning when his father left him in the car and ran into a shop owned by the family to turn on the heating.

When he came out, the car was gone, prompting a manhunt involving 3,500 police officers.

Former labour camp inmate Zhou Xijun (48) turned himself in the following day.

He confessed that he had driven to Gongzhuling County, about 35 miles south-west of Changchun, where he strangled the baby and buried him in snow.

On Tuesday morning, inspectors identified the stolen car in a parking lot 20 miles outside the city. The infant's clothing was found nearby.

The baby's mother was reported by the state media to have had a heart attack when she was informed of her son's death.

Irish Independent

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