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Chinese Toddler Killed After Parking Row In Beijing

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A Chinese toddler ripped from her pram after a dispute over a parking space has died in hospital.

Chinese state media agency Xinhua said the two-year-old girl was sleeping in a pram when two men in a car asked the mother to move it away so that they could park near a bus station in Beijing's Daxing district at around 8:50 pm on Tuesday.

The mother made it clear she wanted to finish attending to her child before moving the car, Beijing police said.

In the dispute, one of the men, is said to have the surname Han, came out of the car, knocked down the woman and threw the girl on the ground.

"The baby made no noises after being dropped, not even a cry of pain," the Beijing Times quoted local stallholder Zhou as saying.

The other man, whose surname was given as Li, also allegedly hit the woman before both men escaped in the car.

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The toddler was critically injured and doctors at the Beijing Tiantan Hospital were unable to resuscitate her, after keeping her alive on a respirator.

China Daily said that Han was arrested in a spa in Fangshan district, with Li turning himself in at a police station.

Wang Peng, a lawyer in Beijing, told Xinhua that the minimum sentence that Han faces is life in jail, if found guilty, considering "the horrible nature of the case". Li may face up to three years in jail, Wang said.

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