Missing baby killed, suspect surrenders in NE China

2013-03-05 23:14:37 GMT2013-03-06 07:14:37(Beijing Time)  CRIENGLISH
A car which was stolen from a household with a baby in it was found abandoned near the city of Gongzhuling in Changchun, northeast China's Jilin province on Tuesday, March 5, 2013. [Photo: CFP]A car which was stolen from a household with a baby in it was found abandoned near the city of Gongzhuling in Changchun, northeast China's Jilin province on Tuesday, March 5, 2013. [Photo: CFP]
A relative grieves for a baby who was stolen along with a car from a household in Changchun, northeast China's Jilin province on Monday, March 4, 2013. [Photo: CFP] A relative grieves for a baby who was stolen along with a car from a household in Changchun, northeast China's Jilin province on Monday, March 4, 2013. [Photo: CFP]
The family-run store of a household whose car was stolen with their baby in it in Changchun, northeast China's Jilin province, was seen closed in this photo taken on Monday, March 4, 2013. [Photo: CFP]The family-run store of a household whose car was stolen with their baby in it in Changchun, northeast China's Jilin province, was seen closed in this photo taken on Monday, March 4, 2013. [Photo: CFP]

A theft case that garnered much online attention in China has ended up in tragedy with the suspect confessing that he choked and buried a baby from the stolen vehicle, police sources said Tuesday.

According to Jilin Province police authorities in northeast China, suspect Zhou Xijun surrendered on Tuesday afternoon.

The two-month-old boy was a passenger in the vehicle Zhou stole Monday morning in the city of Changchun. The child's father, surnamed Xu, left the boy in his sports utility vehicle with the engine running outside his family-run store to start a fire inside to warm the place. When he returned to collect the baby 10 minutes later, both the car and his son were gone.

Zhou Xijun said he discovered the baby in the backseat when he was fleeing in the Toyota RAV4. He choked the baby and buried him in the snow near the city of Gongzhuling.

The suspect added that he abandoned the baby's clothes and the vehicle near Yongfa town of Gongzhuling.

Police are now carrying out a further investigation into the case.

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