Boy, 4, Critical After 114lb Cylinder Falls On Him

Story ByJohn FengSub EditorJoseph GolderAgencyAsia Wire Report

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This young boy is in critical condition after a 114-pound gas cylinder fell on top of him after he grabbed it while playing with a pal outside an electrical shop.

The four-year-old, who has been identified only by his surname Liu, has suffered severe injuries to his head and chest, and police say he remains in intensive care.

The accident happened outside an appliance repair business run by a man surnamed Zhang, 27, in the Buji Residential District in the city of Shenzhen in South China’s Guangdong Province.

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CCTV footage from outside the shop shows the boy and another friend playing outside next to the 1.4-metre (4-foot 8-inch) tall cylinder, which weighs 56 kilogrammes (114 lbs).

He wraps both arms around it and appears to try to lift it when it tips over, crushing him at 8:19pm local time on 16th June.

The security video shows adults crowding around the boy to check on him.

Witnesses said the tot was unconscious when he was picked up and taken to Shenzhen Children’s Hospital for treatment.

According to reports, the boy remains in critical condition receiving emergency treatment.

Shenzhen police say they have arrested shop owner Zhang on charges of negligence after finding that he had failed to properly secure the cylinder he was using for his work.

But reports say the boy’s guardians may also be held partially responsible for failing to supervise him at the time of the accident.

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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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