A local official and his driver have been arrested for running over and killing a toddler during a dispute with the child’s parents over the payment of a fine for violating the one child policy.
Thousands of residents in the Wenzhou district where the incident occurred protested outside government offices. Agence France Presse reports:
Police detained the two people on unspecified charges late on Tuesday, said a statement on the Rui’an government’s official website. Xinhua identified them as a local Communist Party chief named Bai and a driver.
A team of 11 officials went to the village to persuade Chen Liandi and his wife Li Yuhong to pay a fine for violating the family planning limits. Xinhua said the requested fine totaled more than 30,000 yuan (US$4,700) and was for giving birth to the boy, the couple’s third child.
An argument ensued and Chen tried to prevent the officials from taking Li to a government office, though she soon relented and agreed to get into a car and go, the accounts said. In the confrontation, the boy dropped from Chen’s arms and was run over by a vehicle, the government statement and state media said. Xinhua said Chen tried to pull the boy away but was too late.