Ignored toddler run over... twice

2011-10-18 08:11

More than a dozen passers-by ignored a two-year-old girl as she lay critically injured on a street in southern China after being run over twice, Xinhua news has reported.

Surveillance cameras showed several people walk past the girl, named Yue Yue, after she was hit first by a van and then a truck outside her family's shop in the southern Chinese city of Foshan.

In a graphic video posted on YouTube the girl is shown as she is run over and lying in the middle of the road as scooters and other vehicles drive around her.

Xinhua said a rubbish collector finally came to the girl's aid and moved her to the kerb. The samaritan shouted for help but was ignored by several shopkeepers before he finally found the injured girl's mother who took her to hospital.

In response, Sina Weibo, a Chinese micro-blog similar to Twitter, wrote: "This society is seriously ill. Even cats and dogs shouldn't be treated so heartlessly."


It seems as though the bystanders may not be as callous as they appear since many probably feared prosecution for assisting the injured girl. In earlier incident a man who tried to help an elderly woman after she fell over was prosecuted, apparently because his intervention broke government rules on dealing with accident victims.

Doctors said Yue Yue was in a coma and unlikely to survive the ordeal.

"She would not be able to survive any operations. She's very close to brain death," a spokesman for the hospital treating her told AFP.

Police have detained the drivers of both vehicles involved in the incident, Xinhua said.


  • lydonmcg - 2011-10-18 08:53

    This is disturbing on so many levels.

  • nicolene.kotze1 - 2011-10-18 09:00

    What twisted laws does this country have that people aren't even allowed to help each other?

  • ak.ismail2 - 2011-10-18 09:10

    I saw the video, its going to haunt me for a long time.

  • Iwan - 2011-10-18 09:15

    What is wrong with this world. I watched the video and it really makes me really sad. It's just a little baby - why why why.

  • DieSpytwurm - 2011-10-18 09:21

    And that is why their economy is so good. They do not waste time with emotions. When a cat eats a bird the whole world stops in most countries.

  • neil.big.craig - 2011-10-18 10:28

    This in a country known for many human rights abuses, not surprising.

  • Ben - 2011-10-18 14:26

    It takes a special type of person to be this heartless and cold. Cold robot cowardly people. Urgh.

  • Luke - 2011-10-18 16:38

    This is not at all unique to the Chinese - ALL humans are capable of this abhorrent behaviour. Malcolm Gladwell talks about it in his book 'The Tipping Point' - its known as the "bystander syndrome" and was described in the murder of Kitty Genovese. Check it out on Wikipedia at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Murder_of_Kitty_Genovese

  • franswaj - 2011-10-19 07:07

    sick, barbaric in breeding nation,they eat anything with a heartbeat and cant care less for a innocent 2 year.(just wondering were was the parents of this little child)

  • Miguel - 2011-10-19 08:05

    Well, they're buying pretty much every African country including this one, so better brush up on your Chinese. They pretty much sustained Zimbabwe during it's record breaking currency devaluation with many billions worth of loans. One day they'll demand immediate payback and when Zimbabwe can't pay, they take what they want and no one will stop it. it will happen in SA too, mark my words.

  • Sean - 2011-10-19 13:56

    This is the sort of country South Africa and our Mr J.Zuma want to have close ties to/with? Possibly, on may levels and in many areas, our society is heading the same way!!

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