No charges to be filed in tod­dler at­tack

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - NATION - By LUO WANG­SHU in Chongqing luowang­shu@chi­nadaily.com.cn

Po­lice in Chongqing said they could not file crim­i­nal charges in a case in which a tod­dler was bru­tally attacked by a girl in an el­e­va­tor, be­cause the girl is only 10 years old.

The girl lives in the Xinjiang Uygur au­ton­o­mous re­gion with her mother, who was trans­ferred there for work and took the girl with her on Mon­day, po­lice said.

The 18- month- old tod­dler, Li Xinyuan, re­mained in the in­ten­sive care unit at Chongqing Med­i­cal Univer­sity Chil­dren’s Hos­pi­tal on Fri­day, await­ing his first sur­gi­cal op­er­a­tion next week to deal with his in­juries.

“He would cry out when he woke up. He was in sta­ble con­di­tion but did not make big progress,” Li Shuy­ong, the boy’s fa­ther, said on Fri­day as he re­layed in­for­ma­tion from the child’s doc­tor.

The fa­ther could only see his son when the boy was trans­ferred from the ICU for check­ups.

Lo­cal po­lice nei­ther de­tained the girl nor filed their in­ves­tiga­tive find­ings with pros­e­cu­tors — which, in a case in­volv­ing an older as­sailant would mark the start of a crim­i­nal prose­cu­tion. In this case, the at­tacker’s young age shields her from crim­i­nal charges, the po­lice said.

Dan Xing­ming, a lawyer for the tod­dler’s fam­ily, said the lo­cal court ac­cepted the fam­ily’s civil case on Wed­nes­day. The par­ents de­mand 300,000 yuan ($49,300) in com­pen­sa­tion from the girl’s fam­ily.

A to­tal of 78,000 yuan had been paid as of Fri­day. Dan is ask­ing the court to freeze the as­sets of the girl’s fam­ily.

Li, the tod­dler’s fa­ther, said the hos­pi­tal costs at least 4,000 yuan a day, and the fam­ily can­not af­ford to pay. Both Li and his wife are mi­grant work­ers in down­town Chongqing.

Calls to the girl’s fa­ther were not an­swered or re­turned.

The lo­cal ed­u­ca­tion bureau in Chang­shou dis­trict, where the in­ci­dent oc­curred, will con­duct a re­view of how chil­dren’s men­tal health is­sues are han­dled, ac­cord­ing to the lo­cal pub­lic­ity of­fice. But no de­tailed in­for­ma­tion is avail­able at this time, ac­cord­ing to Wang Jing, spokesman for Chang­shou dis­trict’s pub­lic­ity of­fice.

The se­quence of events pro­vided by the po­lice shows that the 10-year-old girl, sur­named Li, went home from school at 4:10 pm on Nov 25, the same time that Li Xinyuan’s grand­mother took the boy for a walk.

They met at the el­e­va­tor of their res­i­den­tial build­ing. The girl en­tered the el­e­va­tor as the grand­mother was pulling out a baby stroller. The boy re­mained in­side.

When the grand­mother turned back to take the boy, the el­e­va­tor door was clos­ing and the girl was pick­ing him up.

Footage from a se­cu­rity cam­era 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.

Po­lice also re­leased the girl’s state­ment. She told investigators that she took the boy home and beat him on the sofa in the liv­ing room. Then she took him to the bal­cony to play, but the boy fell over the rail.

Ac­cord­ing to the po­lice, the grand­mother, sur­named Wu, saw the el­e­va­tor stop on the 25th floor and hur­ried to re­trieve her grand­son. She met the girl walk­ing out of the apart­ment and asked where the boy was. The girl lied that he had been taken by some­one else, ac­cord­ing to the po­lice.

The girl then rode the el­e­va­tor with Wu, pre­tend­ing to search.

The pair sep­a­rated when they reached the first floor, but the girl went straight to the bush where the boy had fallen and moved him to a spot 7 or 8 me­ters away.

She then went home, while Wu went to the com­mu­nity se­cu­rity of­fice ask­ing for sur­veil­lance footage.

The case has aroused pub­lic con­cerns. Song Yan­hui, a fac­ulty mem­ber at the China Youth Univer­sity for Po­lit­i­cal Sciences who spe­cial­izes in adolescent vi­o­lence, said that she was shocked when she read the news about the at­tack.

But she said it was too early to an­a­lyze the girl’s men­tal con­di­tion and mo­ti­va­tion be­cause in­for­ma­tion is lim­ited.

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