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Chinese man sentenced to death for strangling baby: Xinhua

Published on May 27, 2013 8:09 PM

BEIJING (AFP) - A Chinese man has been sentenced to death for strangling a two-month-old baby after stealing a vehicle with the infant inside, in a case that caused widespread outrage, state media said on Monday.

Zhou Xijun, 48, "was sentenced to death and deprived of his political rights for life" for the murder, the official news agency Xinhua said.

Zhou stole an SUV parked at a roadside in the north-eastern province of Jilin in March, strangling the baby boy and leaving him in the snow after finding him on the back seat, the report said.

He turned himself a day after police and the public launched huge searches for him and the baby. The killing provoked both angst and anger among China's vast population of Internet users.

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