Other than getting caught, this is probably a carjacker’s worst nightmare. (And a parent’s, too.) “Police in Changchun are searching for a 2-month-old baby who was in a[n] SUV that was stolen on Monday morning,” reports China Daily. One imagines no carjacker ever envisions himself classified as a kidnapper.
The SUV was eventually found in front of a school, but the baby, as of Tuesday morning, remains missing.
The traffic department of Changchun in Jilin province says 3,500 police have been mobilized.
The silver gray Toyota RAV 4, with plate number JI AMM102, was stolen at about 7:20 am near a road crossing in Changchun. The baby was wrapped in a pink blanket, according to the city’s traffic police department.
The baby’s father, surnamed Xu, said he parked the car beside his grocery store in the morning and left the baby without locking the car. The car was driven away soon after he entered the store, he told Jilin Radio Station.
The baby’s mother pleaded with the driver not to hurt her baby.
Stolen car found, baby still missing in NE China (China Daily/Sina)
UPDATE, 12:40 am: Dammit.
@beijingcream The baby was already found dead….
— Offbeat Chinaさん (@OffbeatChina) 2013年3月5日
@beijingcream driver turned himself in. He said he killed the baby and buried him in the snow.
— Kevin Maさん (@TheGoldenRock) 2013年3月5日
Tomorrow’s English-language news in today’s Chinese-language China Daily:
Under extreme pressure from the Public Security Bureau, Zhou Xijun gave himself up to the PSB on March 5 at 5 pm. A preliminary investigation shows Zhou Xijun, male, 48, from Gongzhulingshi county, Jilin province, lives at Changchun’s Jingkai District.
Zhou apparently strangled the baby and buried him in the snow on the side of a road.