The toddler Yuanyuan who was brutally kicked and beaten by a 10-year-old girl in an elevator in Chongqing and allegedly thrown off of a balcony is now reportedly awake in a local hospital suffering multiple fractures and a ruptured lung. The girl’s father has spoken to reporters and claims that the girl did not throw the baby off the 25th floor, and that ‘communication problems’ may have contributed to her behavior.
Surveillance footage released two days ago on CTV showed the child, who was accidentally left in an elevator after his mother had exited, being picked up, thrown to the growd, then aggressively kicked by a girl as young as 10 years old. Officials found the child outside of the building complex, barely alive, and believe that the girl threw him off of a balcony from the 25th floor.
According to reports, the child has now reportedly awoken in a hospital after undergoing operations, the costs of which have already exceeded 50,000 RMB. The girl’s parents have compensated the family 58,000 RMB through the police.
The girl’s father, surnamed Li, denies that his daughter threw the toddler down from the 25th floor. “Police investigations show that she may have kicked the toddler but did not purposely throw him down,” he said in reports.
“The boy may have fallen down the building because he was in shock,” he added.
Mr. Li also told reporters that his daughter loves kids and animals but may have “communication problems”. When he asked his daughter why she hit the child, she told him that it was because he was making faces at her and wasn’t friendly to her.
He also added that he and his wife often scold their daughter, and this may have had a negative impact on her psychological wellbeing.
The girl has reportedly been in a state of mental breakdown following the incident, and has been taken to Xinjiang with her mother.
Yuanyuan’s parents are both construction workers.
Mr. Li has said that his family will cooperate with the police in any way possible, even including further compensation.
“Whatever needs to be done will be done,” he said.