The tragic case involving a two-month-old baby who was stolen along with an SUV and later found strangled to death has now come to a close for the convicted murderer who was executed on Friday, according to the Supreme People’s Court.
On March 4, the man named Zhou Xijun found the baby in the back seat of a Toyota RAV4 that he had tried to steal.
Upon finding the baby, he strangled it and buried it in the snow near a country road.
The man handed himself in for the crime the next day after a massive manhunt was extended throughout the area.
Xinhua reports that Zhou, 48, was sentenced to death and deprived of his political rights by life in May.
After the announcement of the sentence, Zhou appealed to the court for a more leniency on the grounds that he surrendered to police and confessed his crimes.
In July, the court rejected the appeal and upheld the verdict on the basis of his extremely cruel crimes and the serious consequences that resulted. The local court reported the case to the SPC for approval of the sentence.
The SPC checked and approved the death penalty for theft and murder committed in extremely cruel circumstances and of vicious mind.