A dispute between two drunken men yesterday resulted in the killing of a baby boy in Shanghai’s Xuhui district.
At approximately 4:10pm, the incident occurred when an argument broke out between two men at apartment 102 in the no. 17 building of the Wannan No.2 residential complex (宛南二村). A man surnamed Xu (徐) was at an unnamed man’s apartment for dinner, and both men had been drinking when the argument began. The wife who lived in the apartment tried to step in to break up the fight while holding her infant son in her arms, when Xu suddenly produced a knife and cut the 9-month-old boy in the head.
At that point, the mother ran out of the apartment holding her child, who was bleeding profusely, to seek medical attention, when Xu ran out and grabbed the child again. Xu threw the child on the ground, and eyewitnesses report that there was no crying sound from the child afterward.
A neighborhood association staff then rushed over to control Xu, but to no avail. Xu broke free to pick up the baby again and once again throw the child on the ground, before more neighborhood association staff rushed over to control him. Police and ambulances eventually arrived on the scene. The child was pronounced dead at an unnamed hospital.
If someone could explain to us why, exactly, so much violent crime is occurring in Shanghai and China in general, we’d certainly appreciate it. This latest incident, while by far the most extreme, follows a recent trend of what ostensibly appears to be people losing their minds.
We expect to do a follow-up post on Xu’s inevitable execution in due time.
Photo from News365.com.cn, and information translated from ifeng.com