BEIJING: A Chinese official demanding a couple pay a fine for violating the country’s one-child policy crushed their 13-month-old boy to death with a car.
Under China’s population controls, instituted more than 30 years ago, couples who have more than one child must pay a social upbringing fine, while in some cases mothers have been forced to undergo abortions.
Authorities in the eastern city of Wenzhou are investigating how the infant ended up beneath the vehicle.
A Mayu county official surnamed Zhou told AFP today that after starting the car to bring the family to the office to discuss the matter, the official discovered the child had been crushed underneath the car.
The baby was rushed to hospital but could not be saved, the People’s Daily reported on its website, adding that at the time of the accident the mother was sitting in the car and the father was getting in.