Toddler critically ill after parking row

AFP-JIJI

A 2-year-old Chinese girl was in critical condition Thursday after being thrown to the ground by a man in a row with her mother over a parking space, state media said.

The man, identified only by his surname, Han, wanted to park by a bus stop in Beijing, the Beijing Times said, citing a witness. But the pedestrian would not move out of his way, as she was checking on her daughter.

Han, in his 40s, emerged from his Hyundai Sonata and hit the woman before taking the toddler out of her pram, holding her up and throwing her “forcefully” to the ground, the witness said. Another man came out of the car and also beat the mother before the pair drove away.

The Legal Daily said the girl remained in critical condition, adding she had stopped breathing at one point and was being kept alive by a respirator. Police found Han in a hot spring bathhouse Wednesday and detained him.