Child in China beaten to death by mother 'over table manners'

A seven-year-old girl died in hospital in eastern China on Saturday after being admitted with severe bruising.
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Police in eastern China have detained a woman after she allegedly beat her seven-year-old daughter to death over her table manners.

Public security officers in Zouping county, Shandong province, said the girl died in hospital at around 7pm on Saturday after being admitted with severe bruising.

The mother was detained on Sunday and an investigation was under way, police said.

According to the Qilu Evening News, the mother beat the child with an iron bar because she was annoyed by the way the girl was eating her lunch on Saturday.

The mother reportedly warned the girl that she would beat her if she continued to eat slowly and, after several warnings, asked her husband to leave the room.

"I did not dare to stop my wife. She also hit me when I tried to stop her from beating the child," the father was quoted as saying.

He said that when he returned to the room, the girl's body was covered in bruises and wounds. He tried to take her to hospital but the mother stopped him, the father reportedly said.

The child's condition worsened and he eventually took her to hospital at about 5pm, the report said.

Despite emergency medical treatment, the girl died about two hours later.

Her funeral was held on Tuesday afternoon, news site Sohu reported.

This article was first published in South China Morning Post.

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