CHONGQING, China - The horrifying surveillance footage of a girl hitting and kicking a toddler in the lift has surfaced on the Internet, prompting many to question why she would behave so viciously.
In a Shanghaiist report, a middle-aged woman said she brought her toddler grandson out to play on Nov 25. As she pushed his tricycle out of the lift, a girl aged 11-12, rushed into the lift and snatched up the boy. The lift doors closed before the panicked grandmother could get to the toddler.
The woman quickly made her way up to the 25th floor where the lift had stopped and asked the girl about her grandson's whereabouts. The girl said that another person had taken him away and offered to search for the missing boy.
Around 5 minutes later, the boy was found by the security guard at the bushes in the garden, head swollen and bleeding profusely. His grandmother immediately sent him to the nearest hospital for treatment.
According to CTV, the toddler was critically injured, suffering from massive blood loss, multiple fractures, and a ruptured lung. He lapsed into a 10-day coma and only regained consciousness recently. The boy will require more operations.
When interviewed, the distraught grandmother wailed and said her family believed that the boy was thrown down from the apartment building by the girl, having seen the brutality that she leashed out on the toddler in the lift.
In online Chinese reports, the girl's father commented that she is usually fond of children and animals and that he and his wife often disciplined her with beatings, which may have affected their child's psyche. He also shared that his daughter is very upset by the incident.
So far, the girl's parents have offered 58,000 yuan (S$12,000) as compensation to cover the toddler's medical bill, which is expected to cost more than 50,000 yuan (S$10,300).
The Chinese police are still conducting investigations and have not released any official statement regarding the case.