CHINA - Criminal-law experts say the 10-year-old girl who brutally attacked a toddler in an elevator in Chongqing should be sent to a juvenile detention centre to undergo rehabilitation.
Chongqing police said on Friday that they could not file criminal charges against the girl because she is a minor. The girl recently moved to the Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region with her mother, who made a job transfer to the region on Dec 2.
By law, children younger than 14 years old are shielded from criminal responsibility. The law stipulates that parents and guardians are obligated to discipline them.
"It is neither appropriate for police to let the case go, nor leave the girl's discipline to her parents. Obviously, there is something wrong with this family's methods of education. She should be sent to the juvenile prison for rehab," said Wu Ming'an, a criminal law professor at the China University of Political Science and Law.
Footage from a security camera in the elevator shows the girl attacking the boy repeatedly on the ride from the first to the 25th floor of the building, where she lives with her parents.
She told police that she took the boy home and beat him on the sofa in the living room. She then took him to the balcony to play, but the boy fell over the rail.
The boy was found on the ground outside the apartment building covered in blood and with multiple serious injuries.