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Car thief kills toddler in China, hands himself in: Police

Published on Mar 6, 2013 10:45 PM
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Changchun citizens gather together to mourn the death of a two-month-old baby killed by a car thief in Changchun, north-east China's Jilin province on March 5, 2013. A Chinese car thief strangled a two-month-old baby to death after stealing a vehicle with the infant inside, police said, provoking outrage across the country on Wednesday, March 6, 2013. -- PHOTO: AFP

BEIJING (AFP) - A Chinese car thief strangled a two-month-old baby to death after stealing a vehicle with the infant inside, police said, provoking outrage across the country on Wednesday.

The boy was in an SUV stolen by Zhou Xijun, 48, in northeastern Jilin province on Monday, triggering a hunt involving thousands of police officers and taxi drivers until he handed himself in the following day and confessed, reports said.

Zhou "discovered a baby in the back seat of the stolen car, stopped at the side of a road before strangling the baby to death and burying it in the snow," Jilin police said in an online statement.

The body of the little boy was identified by his parents on Wednesday, Xinhua news agency reported.

 
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