Anger sparked in China over 2-months old baby’s murder
By Mirwais Adeel - Wed Mar 06 2013, 1:52 pm
The boy was in an SUV stolen by Zhou Xijun, 48, in northeastern Jilin province on Monday, triggering a hunt involving thousands of police officers and taxi drivers until he handed himself in the following day and confessed, reports said.
Zhou “discovered a baby in the back seat of the stolen car, stopped at the side of a road before strangling the baby to death and burying it in the snow,” Jilin police quoted by AF said in an online statement.
The baby’s father had purportedly parked in front of the supermarket he runs in Changchun and entered the store to turn on a stove, leaving his son in the back seat with the car’s engine still running.
News of the murder provoked a storm of anger on Chinese social media, with news of the incident re-tweeted 120,000 times on Weibo, the country’s version of Twitter. While many people demanded the death penalty for Zhou, others questioned why the baby had been left in the car.
“Baby Haobo, sleep well – you are not big enough to experience the first spring yet…… but the person who hurt you will be punished and we will try to the make the world you hardly knew a better place.” the official Sina Weibo account of People’s Daily’s newspaper wrote.
“I would never have imagined that what people most feared would actually happen… the killer should be severely punished,” wrote another user.
According to the United Nations, China had a murder rate of 1.0 per 100,000 people in 2010 which is among the lowest in the world.