Chinese Toddler Dies After Being Run Over by Family Planning Officials

Published on February 8, 2013

Screen Shot 2013-02-08 at 11.06.11 AMZhejiang Province, China – A 13-month-old toddler died this week after being run over by family planning officials as they argued with his parents about the country’s child limitation policies.

According to reports, eleven government officials descended upon the home of Chen Liandi and his wife Li Yuhong in Mayu and demanded that they pay the equivalent of $4,800 in fines for giving birth to a third child without authorization. In China, most urban areas have a one-child policy, and families in rural areas are allowed up to two children. Family planning representatives allegedly threatened to detain the mother if the family did not pay the fine. The couple states that they were detained following the birth of their second child, who is now 11.

As Chen and Li argued with officials over the matter, the boy slipped out of his father’s arms. It is not known exactly what happened next, except for that officials ran over the toddler with their van. It is also stated that Chen hurried to pull his son away from the vehicle, but it was too late. The toddler was transported to the hospital, but died on Tuesday.

The driver and one of the family planning representatives were detained by police following the incident. One of the men is being identified as a local communist party chief named Bai.

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