Look at this van. How many young children can fit inside? (No, this isn't a variation of a dead baby joke.) At least 40? At least 40. Because it's a clown van, and the gimmick is there's always room for one more than you'd expect.
This Shanghai Daily article is just slightly jaw-dropping:
Police are searching for a woman who flushed her newborn boy down the toilet in a dormitory building on Saturday afternoon in Pujiang County, Zhejiang Province, local media reported today.
The baby, however, got stuck in the L-shaped pipe and his cry alerted other tenants in the building. Firefighters arrived after receiving a call and spent two hours to saw off the pipe to free the baby.
Two young children were the victims of a dispute between the adults of rival kindergartens last week, according to Xinhua. Let that punch in the gut settle in. Xinhua reports that the principal of an unnamed kindergarten in Pingshan, Hebei province intentionally laced yogurt with tetramine, then hired someone to have it sold along a route that children... Read more »
Morbid details have emerged in the story of the British toddler who was crushed by a “falling screen” last Monday in a Shanghai restaurant. The accident happened at Kervan Orient Express just after 8 pm when the three-year-old boy, playing with a seven-year-old girl, fell down and “touched the partition screen, which fell and hit him... Read more »
Police are investigating how a three-year-old boy could have been killed by a falling screen in a restaurant in Shanghai’s downtown Huangpu District on Monday. According to Shanghai Daily, “Witnesses said the boy may have accidentally touched the screen before it fell on him. Screens are sometimes used by restaurants to divide dining areas.” The boy... Read more »
Boy they do start young, don’t they? Hart Hagerty, who runs the blog Shanghai Style Life, was celebrating Easter in Shanghai’s Fuxing Park yesterday when she saw this. More pictures are posted over at her website, where she writes: My jaw dropped when his pajama-clad mother handed the tot a cigarette… then lit it for him... Read more »
Ah, the classic China story: toddlers falling off balconies. I've gotten a bit complacent and let a few of these tales go unblogged, but this one from Zhongshan, Guangdong province has to go up.
On March 21 at about 11 pm, a small girl crawled or walked out of her sixth-floor apartment balcony. She clung onto the ledge for dear life. Seeing this, about 10 passersby quickly grabbed a tarp in expectation of catching her if she fell. Sure enough, because she's a toddler, she fell.
When it comes to PR disasters, few look worse than this. Then again, when you use a carjacking/kidnapping-turned-murder to try to push products out of your showroom, you deserve all the bad karma you get. Abe Sauer of Brand Channel has this story: Liaoning Tianhe Buick, a dealership in Jilin’s neighbor province, posted the following... Read more »
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.
A 3-year-old girl in Linzi district, Zaozhuang, Shandong province who enjoys playing in washing machines recently got stuck in one, requiring firefighters to cut through the utility with hand and electric saws.
Before you judge... this happens more often than you think.
Kids do the darndest things. From everybody’s Sina Weibo accounts, this: Well that escalated. Lookee from subway to plane cabin. That’s the opening line to the post introducing the image, featuring a kid squatting in the aisle of an airplane and dropping a deuce. Most commenters seem unhappy that the parents would allow such a... Read more »
The cute toddler who unexpectedly popped out of a cupboard on Sunday and stole Li Keqiang’s thunder — no biggie, Li’s only the second most powerful man in the Politburo Standing Committee — has gone officially, fully viral. None other than CCTV’s Sina Weibo account has formally distributed this story, with an accompanying 2-minute, 10-second video.... Read more »
This is risky, but for those Chinese mothers out there who want a second child without paying the taxes and fines, try what this Zhejiang woman did. Via SCMP (citing Qianjiang Evening News): The 37-year-old woman, surnamed Chen, gave birth to a girl in November last year. She then gave the baby to a relative who later... Read more »
Chinese Vice Premier Li Keqiang made an unexpected visit to a farmer’s family in Baotou, Inner Mongolia earlier this week. How unexpected? According to Sina Weibo, the farmer’s son was still sleeping (half-)naked in the room, so the father told him to go hide in the cupboard. With CCTV cameras rolling, the kid ran out of oxygen,... Read more »
This looks bad.
Around noon on Monday, a 13-month-old baby was run over by a birth control official's car in Rui'an county near Wenzhou, Zhejiang province, according to state media. Reports the Guardian:
According to the report, he had been in the arms of his father. But after the officials started their vehicles, he was found crushed under one of the cars. Officials took him to hospital but doctors were unable to save him.
Sad news out of "China's Florida" once again.
According to Jinyang Net, a three-year-old girl named Xu Lijia has died from brain failure as a result of head trauma in Qingyuan, Guangdong province. A 35 year-old female suspect surnamed Zeng from Huaihai, Hunan, the girlfriend of the girl's father, confessed to the crime; owing to the fact that she's pregnant, she has been released according to Chinese law and is free on bail.
On Friday, a fire at a private orphanage in Lankao county, Henan province killed six children ages seven months to five years and one 20-year-old young adult. The story’s sad enough without any of other details, but then you learn that the shelter was run by Yuan Lihai, a former street vendor who has taken... Read more »
Yesterday at around 8:30 am, a fire at a private (unofficial?) orphanage in Lankao county, Henan province killed seven children (four on the spot, three en route to the hospital). The home was owned by Yuan Lihai, a former street vendor who is the adoptive mother of more than 100 children.
According to the Youku video description, a toddler was trapped in a car in Wenzhou, Zhejiang province on Saturday after his/her parents locked the keys inside. But when firefighters arrived on the scene, the parents refused to let them smash the car windows, because who wants to have their car windows smashed? Oh right, the kid.