Boy, 10, Drops Fire Extinguisher From Tower, Kills Mum

Story By: John FengSub-EditorJoseph Golder, Agency: Asia Wire Report

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This is the 10-year-old boy cops says accidentally killed a woman when he dropped a fire extinguisher for a high-rise and it fatally struck the mum-of-two on the head.

The tragic accident happened in a residential district in the city of Guiyang, the capital of Guizhou Province in south-western China, on 2nd July.

Yuan Xianghui, 39, who ran a corner shop in the residential area, leaves behind sons Zhao Ting, 18, and Zhao Yu, seven.

According to the victim’s younger son, who is in his second year at primary school, the mum-of-two was air-drying potato slices to make crisps when the incident happened.

Zhao Yu said he heard a loud crash, adding: “Then mum was just lying there.”

An image taken in the aftermath of the accident shows a seemingly lifeless Yuan lying in a pool of her own blood and a paramedic tending to her.

The police said the victim was pronounced dead shortly after, with the mum having been fatally struck by the fire extinguisher dropped from a high-rise tower block by the 10-year-old boy.

It is still unclear which floor the red cylinder fell from, but Yuan’s eldest son said he searched every level of the 33-storey residential block after the accident and two extinguishers missing from the seventh floor.

Zhao Ting said one of the two cylinders was dropped from above and struck the ground just 30 minutes before his mum was hit.

He said: “People always throw stuff down the side of the building.

“We’ve told our property manager many, many times before, but they sat on their hands – they don’t care!”

Local police are still investigating the case and did not say whether they had already taken the 10-year-old’s parents in for questioning.

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John Feng

I am a senior journalist and editor, and have worked for a number of different news agencies over the last decade. I am currently editor-in-chief of the Asia Wire Report news wire.

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