In Guangzhou’s Liwan district (荔湾区), a 16-year-old girl was suffocated to death by her mother, after the two had an argument regarding 5,900RMB. The girl, surnamed Xie (谢), had asked for the money from her mother to buy an Apple computer. The argument reportedly escalated into a fight, whereupon the mother tripped her daughter and then sat on her back while pushing her face towards a pillow on the ground. The mother said that she pushed her daughter’s face into the pillow because her daughter was cursing at her, and that she called the authorities after her daughter stopped breathing. And so the specter of filicide, one of the most significant (and saddest) trends of 2011, can claim another victim.