Girl, 10, hits baby who then falls from balcony

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."

He said he and his wife often punish their daughter by beating her and he felt that might have affected her personality.

Meanwhile, Yuanyuan's grandmother, surnamed Wu, told a local TV channel that when the lift doors opened at the first storey, she first took the stroller out.

The girl got in, but when Madam Wu turned to fetch her grandson, the doors closed. When the grandmother reached the 25th storey, the girl claimed a boy had carried the baby away.

Five minutes later, a security guard at the residential complex found the baby on the ground, lying in a pool of blood.

The girl's father allegedly said he was willing to be sued and promised to pay compensation. Police said that he had already paid 78,000 yuan (S$16,000) towards the baby's medical expenses.


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