A 10-year-old boy from a village in Guangxi was made to kneel, thrown in a pig cage, and finally dunked in a cold lake as punishment for stealing over 20,000 yuan.
According to NetEase, the child broke into the house of the local butcher by climbing a wall and entering through the second story window. A neighbor who witnessed the break-in didn’t at first raise the alarm, thinking that he could just be the mischievous child of a relative visiting for Spring Festival. Upon discovering the crime, however, the whole village flew into a rage and decided to deal out some vigilante justice.
After first making the boy kneel before the village and apologize, the locals decided that this was not enough and put him into one of the pig cages. Still not quite satisfied, he was then taken to a nearby lake and made to remove his clothes before they dumped him into the freezing cold lake. Only after the boy started crying uncontrollably did the villagers relent. The whole ordeal was said to have lasted just over an hour.
Police are currently conducting an investigation into the incident, both the robbery and the cruel torture of the child, but as of yet his motivation for stealing the money is currently unknown. Perhaps he wanted to imitate this 4-year-old from Hunan who brought 20,000 yuan into school to play poker.
By Dominic Jackson