A video showing a middle-aged woman beating a small child in Liaoning Province has set off an uproar online. The woman in the video is thought to be a baby sitter.
In the video, the woman first tries to feed the child, but the kid refuses to take a bite. This causes the woman to go crazy and beat the child from the sofa to the ground. Even as the frightened child wails loudly, the woman kicks and uses a slipper to beat the child, Sina News reports.
“I will beat you to death!” the women shouted in the video.
The video was captured by a camera in the room. At the end of the video, the woman pulls the child out of screen and then calmly cleans the floor where she had just abused the child.
Liaoning Police said they hadn’t received any information about the case until seeing the video online.
Warning: Video contains disturbing images
Child abuse cases have been making the news recently in China. In this past May, a child abuse case in Guangdong shocked the public; meanwhile in April, a Beijing kindergarten teacher was caught beating and berating students. SCMP reported in July that there were 963 cases of child abuse that were handled by the Social Welfare Department in Hong Kong last year. Check out this recent episode of Sinica to hear about changing domestic abuse issues in China.
Whether the woman in the video was a baby sitter and why the camera was placed in the room remain unknown. But no matter what the answers turn out to be, Weibo users are furious with the woman in the video.
“Baby sitters shouldn’t be hired. Parents should take care of their own baby after giving birth and endure the hardships. A child is the parents’ responsibility. Many baby sitters add sleeping pills to the children’s food in order to make their job easier, and parents never find out,” one user wrote.
Another user said, “I was so depressed after watching this. How could someone to do this to a kid? There are so many child abuse cases and baby sitters are rarely punished severely. Most of the cases end without any penalty. I strongly ask for punishment for this baby sitter!”
By Dina Li