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This viral footage seen more than 11 million times shows a boy with swollen lips that look like sausages after being pummelled with his dad’s sandal for stealing.
The 12-year-old, who last year stole a villager’s entire pensioner so he could buy himself a phone, was punished at the hands of his migrant worker dad.
Heartbreaking video taken by one of the boy’s neighbours in the town of Gucheng, which is in Yulin City in South China’s Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, shows his lips swollen to several times their normal size.
The crying boy is unable to close his lips and can barely speak comprehensively as he tries to explain to his neighbour the events leading to his big lips, which local media is now comparing to ‘sausages’.
Gucheng Town policeman Ye, who was identified by his surname, said: “The boy often runs away from home. When he does go to school, he steals from his classmates.
“Last year he stole 6,000 RMB (676 GBP) from a woman in her 80s. That was her entire pension.
“He and his friends each bought themselves a mobile phone using the money.”
Officer Ye said the punishment happened earlier this month when the boy’s father returned for the Labour Day holidays.
He received complaints of his latest theft and punished him by repeatedly hitting the child over the mouth with a flip-flop.
The authorities have condemned the parenting style, saying the dad would be formally censured.
However, the parent is not likely to be punished with fines or jail time.
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