Security footage released from an unnamed shopping mall in Dongguan, Guangdong province has served as a shocking reminder to parents in China as to why they must keep an eye on their young ones at all times.
The video from last Tuesday afternoon shows two children running around a store in the mall without adult supervision. The older boy, who appears to be around seven or eight years old, is the cousin of the younger child, three-year-old Jian Jian.
The footage shifts to another part of the shopping mall, where Jian Jian’s cousin is seen getting on a downwards-moving escalator. Jian Jian approaches the moving staircase, hesitant to step on it.
Seconds later, he grabs onto the left handrail of the escalator and his entire body is lifted onto the moving belt. Not long after, Jian Jian loses his grip and falls eight meters down to the ground.
Patrons at the mall rushed over upon hearing the child hit the ground one floor below.
Security footage also shows as the man who was meant to be watching the two kids ran down the escalator to find the boy. According to Eastday.com, he was a good friend of the children’s family. Probably not so much anymore.
Fortunately, Jian Jian survived the fall and is now being treated at a hospital.
Watch the security footage below:
By Sharon Choi