A 10-year-old girl in China has told police how she beat up a baby in the lift of her apartment building. She kicked him on the head and carried him to her home on the 25th storey, where she beat him up again.
The girl, who was not named, said she "played with the boy" on the balcony from where he somehow fell, cqnews.net, a news portal in Chongqing in south-west China, reported. The infant survived the fall.
Police have launched an investigation after a local TV station aired footage of the girl kicking the baby. The girl is too young to be detained or charged, police said.
The infant's mother, surnamed Zeng, has filed a case against the girl's family, the Shanghai Daily quoted police as saying.
The baby, nicknamed Yuanyuan, regained consciousness on Wednesday, nine days after the incident. But he will have to undergo surgery for his injuries next week, his father, Mr Li Shengzhong, said on his microblog on Thursday.
The baby's family said he suffered skull fractures and bleeding in his lungs. He is in the intensive care unit at a children's hospital.
Doctors described the surgery required as "highly risky".
DAD CLAIMS OTHERWISE
The girl's father, who wanted to be known only as Li, told the Beijing News that the daughter had taken the baby to the balcony of their apartment. But he claimed that she did not throw him down. He claimed the baby fell after being scared by a dog barking.
Said the father: "My daughter loves children and animals, but she has problems expressing her love."