A hunt for a missing Shanghai baby ended in tragedy when authorities found the infant dead inside a washing machine. The baby’s aunt confessed to killing it because of “family disputes.” SMCP reports:
The news came after four days of searching and extensive media attention.
The four-month-old mysteriously disappeared from his cradle on Sunday morning.
The family of the deceased sells food in a market on the outskirt of Shanghai and the ground floor of their home doubles as a restaurant. It was widely feared at first that the boy was abducted when the adults in the family were busy serving customers.
The extended family of eight, who come from Anhui province, lived together at the premises. The boy and his parents, grandparents, and aunt and uncle with a baby girl all occupied the shop, Shanghai’s Labour Daily said, but the father and uncle were out working when the boy went missing.
Shanghai police said on its official Sina Weibo account on Wednesday evening that the boy’s aunt, surnamed Lei, had admitted to killing the baby after “family disputes” and had hidden the corpse in the washing machine on Sunday morning. It gave no more details but said further investigations were being conducted.
CCTV said on its weibo account that the boy was found in a plastic bag. Suffocation was suspected as the cause of death, it said.
Further investigations are underway.
Coincidentally this is the second infant washing machine death in recent months, the other occurring in September when two toddlers in Jiangxi Province crawled into a washing machine and accidentally turned it on.
It’s also the second notable instance of an aunt going after her sibling’s children, the other being the case of 6-year-old Guo Bin, who had his eyes gouged out by his aunt. Fortunately, he’s recovering well after doctors fitted him with prosthetic implants.