A man in his 20s tied his three-year-old son to his waist and threatened to jump the window of an apartment building in Zhengzhou yesterday.
According to a neighbor, the man gained custody of the child after the couple split up some time back, but when the man discovered that the child wasn’t actually his own flesh and blood, he came to Zhengzhou to demand for money for the child’s upkeep.
The man went to find the woman at her home yesterday, and the two soon got into a dispute. Emotions spewed over as the argument escalated, and soon he was strapping the child to his body and threatening to jump from the window of the high rise building.
When he saw that rescuers had set up an air mattress on the ground floor below, he smashed a window and threw the shattered glass down in an attempt to deflate the mattress.
Rescuers attempted to talk some sense to the man from the apartment directly above, but it had the effect of further enraging him.
And so on and on it went, and the man remained perched on the edge for more than five hours. By the time reporters got tired and left the scene, the rescue mission was actually still going on, according to Sina News. Hopefully they succeeded in getting him down.
by Daniel Cunningham