Story By: Ana Marjanovic, Sub-Editor: Michael Leidig, Agency: Newsflash
This is the horrific moment a greedy eight-year-old boy almost kills a little girl aged only two in order to mug her for her sweets.
The video shot in the hallway of a house in Haikou, the capital and most populous city of the Chinese province of Hainan, starts with the toddler walking through the doorway followed by a boy with his arm outstretched and demanding her sweets.
She dropped some of them on the floor, and he scrabbled around to pick them up from lying on the ground near a moped that is parked in the hallway.
It looks as if she says something to him and he then moves forward with his fists clenched before delivering a vicious kick to her chest that sends her flying backwards and smacking her head against the floor.
He then decides that is not enough as she starts to cry, and delivers a vicious kick to her head that again sends her crashing to the floor.
Not content with that, he then lifts his leg as high up as high as he can and stamps it down hoping to crush her head against the floor in what would have almost certainly caused serious injury.
But the little girl acts too quickly, and pushes herself to the feet, running off screaming when a man identified as the girl’s grandfather runs up and chases the boy off.
He found that the little girl had suffered damage to four teeth but it was only later that he realised how seriously the attack had been after studying the footage.
The boy, identified only by his surname Zhuang, is a second-grade primary school student in southern China.
The girl’s parents meanwhile have gone public with the video after the boy’s parents tried to deny that the attack had taken place at all.
Even when they were shown the footage, they have not apologised or offered to pay any of the costs which included two months of medical bills for the head trauma that she suffered.
They said when they confronted the boy with the footage, he told them: “I can beat up whoever I want”.
When the parents were told to pay compensation they said: “We can’t afford to compensate you, and there is nothing you could do to punish us.”
The now viral footage has attracted close to 20,000 comments with many people criticising the parents more than the boy.
They noted if the grandfather had not turned up at that point, the potential consequences do not bear thinking about.
It is not impossible for children aged under 14 to be punished for criminal activity in China since 1991.
Legal experts said the best the parents could hope for is that the boy’s parents are ordered by a court to control him better and they could also be ordered to pay compensation although if they have no money, this might prove a waste of time.