• Thu, Dec 5 - 10:18 am ET

(Updated) Nightmare Fuel: 10-Year-Old Drops Baby From 25th Floor


I’ll venture to guess that what you’re about to read is the saddest and scariest thing you’ll see all week. Or all month. Maybe all year. Gird your loins and also your heartstrings because this is a doozy.

People in Chongqing, China are in shock this week after a 10-year-old girl reportedly threw a 2-year-old boy off a 25th floor balcony. No, he did not survive and no, no one knows why this happened.

According to The Australian, the boy was accidentally left in the elevator by his mother—the door closed right after she took his bike out of the elevator, before she could get to him. The girl, who did not know the boy or his mother, then entered the elevator. Closed-circuit footage shows her kicking him and slamming him to the ground. Then, the elevator went to the 25th floor, where the little girl allegedly threw the little boy off the balcony into some bushes.

The South China Morning Post reports a slightly different story: That the toddler is still alive and in stable condition after being found on the ground, covered in blood. They also report that the girl was between 9 and 11 years old and the toddler was 18 months. The link features the actual security camera footage of what happened in the elevator, so only click and watch if you are really ready to do so.

Chillingly, in the same source, the father of the little girl who perpetrated this terrible violence admitted to beating his daughter, saying that hurting the little boy was her way of “expressing her feelings.” He said:

“She just wanted him to smile to her and to be friendly.”

The IB Times of the UK reports a similar story, but sources seem to be divided on whether or not the toddler actually survived the attack.

God, that was painful to even type. I have no idea why something like this would happen. It’s truly mind-boggling, incredibly disheartening and shocking in every way imaginable, that something so senseless could happen to a tiny child, especially at the hands of another child.

My heart is screaming in pain for the family of the toddler, who must be confused, angry and grief-stricken. I’m also sending sympathy and hopes for psychological recovery to the girl herself. While what she did is clearly beyond wrong, it’s obvious that it happened because she was abused. While violence doesn’t excuse subsequent violence, this seems to be an instance of the abuse cycle perpetuating more abuse. That doesn’t exonerate her, but it maybe provides at least some explanation of why she would do something so horrific.

Update: According to an article published yesterday in IBN Live, the toddler, Yuan Yuan, did survive the attack and is in stable condition. He’s regained consciousness and is expected to be operated on soon. The article says that he was with his grandmother just before the attack happened and that the girl, referred to her by surname of Li, may have accidentally dropped him from the balcony.

Photo: AFP/Getty Images


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  • Natasha

    This is terrible. I hope, hope, hope that little boy survived. And I hope the girl is taken into some sort of protective custody and given the care and help she so obviously needs, but is not allowed around small children. And I hope her father gets thrown in jail, but we all know how easily child a users get off :/
    That poor family.

  • Julie

    Big mistake watching the video. I’m crying and almost threw up. That poor little boy… I keep imagining it happening to my son. Some things you just can’t un-see.

    • Harriet Meadow

      I’m not going to watch the video. I’m regretting even reading the article. :/

    • Amber Starr

      Same here. I just can’t…

    • JAN

      Same here…reading the article is bad enough, I don’t think my 37 week pregnant self can handle the video.

  • Kay_Sue

    Wow. This is truly horrific.

  • Amanda Lee

    I don’t even know what to say. Clearly the girl needs help but I think displaying that severe of violent behavior at such a young age is shocking. I realize that she has obviously been abused herself (doubt it’s just physical) but that is some serious serial-killer-in-the-making shit. I’m sad to say she will probably be like this for the rest of her life and no amount of rehabilitation will help. She still needs care and somewhere to stay where she is not a danger to others.

    • Emmali Lucia

      I don’t know about being like this for the rest of her life. Many people who killed children as children themselves were able to rehabilitate themselves. Take Mary Bell, for example. And the kids who killed James Bulger, neither have murdered again.

      But it could go either way. I think it’s horribly tragic every way you look at it.

    • Kevin Rui Ning Mao

      thats how serial killer forms. they start of by doing little things. i heard from another sources saying that she likes to beat up her classmates. clearly she has severe problems. i don’t think her father beating her is the excuse for her to do something like that.

  • LiteBrite

    I am not watching the video. I’m never, ever emotionally ready to watch things like that.

    All I’ll say is good God. I can’t imagine the pain the family of the little boy must be in.

  • Lackadaisical

    Why is it obvious that she did this because she was abused? Do any of the source reports mention abuse, suspected or confirmed? It is possible she was abused, that would provide some horrible sense to such an awful act, but doing evil things at the age of 10 isn’t proof of abuse. I can’t, for example, remember if the two 10 year old boys who tortured, sexually abused and murdered a toddler by the name of Jamie Bulger were themselves victims of abuse before the crime. Very famous case in the UK, and I could be wrong but I think there was no suspicion of abuse towards one of the boys.

    • kg

      Haven’t you ever listened to Loveline?

    • Lackadaisical

      Nope, on the grounds that I am English. Instead we smugly look down our noses at foreign pop psychology shows while getting our judgements from rags … er respectable papers like the Sun and the Daily Mail.

    • Sam Inoue

      Ugh that was an awful case, we read about it in my criminal psych class. There wasn’t abuse as a factor. Its so scary when kids commit crimes like this, people will always try to find a reason and abuse is often what creates these cycles. I work with criminals and in almost every case the lawyers involved in the case want me to talk to them about their past to try to find a reason. In this case it sounds like the dad might be mentally I’ll if he thinks his child murdering a baby is expressing herself, I think she needs to be in a mental health facility for sure.

    • Lackadaisical

      Agreed. It may or may not be abuse but something is definitely, utterly wrong as such an awful act is not a normal response to anything in a 10 year old (or an adult).

    • http://carrie-murphy.com/ Carrie Murphy

      Her father admitted to beating her. That sounds like abuse to me.

    • AP

      It might not be abuse in the way we think of it, though- corporal punishment is pretty common in Asia, and it’s well-documented that Asian families have low participation rates in programs to help special needs children even in the US (special needs kids are viewed as shameful.)

      It could be that the father “beat” the girl because she had an undiagnosed disorder, and he didn’t understand- he thought she just needed more discipline. Which would still be abuse by definition, but certainly a more complex issue than straight-up beatings because he was an abusive jerk.

    • Lackadaisical

      Sorry, my fault, I didn’t read it properly.

    • Amanda Lee

      The father stated that he beat her. And suggested she beat the toddler to get him to smile. Yeah… I don’t think we need to assume she was abused considering he came out and said it. If he admits to that so casually, who knows what else he does.

    • Sam Inoue

      That’s what struck me as odd, most people don’t openly admit to hurting their kids.

    • Emmali Lucia

      In America, where having a child, any child, is seen as valuable.

      She lives in China, where the one-child policy has lead to millions of cases of sex-selective abortions and even murder of girl babies. Girl’s are worthless in China.

    • Sam Inoue

      Sadly this is true. I can’t even imagine talking about abuse that way. I live in japan so my opinions on china are culturally fuled, but really its sick to me the way women are treated there! I would not be surprised if he didn’t lose custody of her even after saying that.

    • Kevin Rui Ning Mao

      not only girls, but boys are worthless in china as well. chinese people just don’t give a shit. they don’t give respect to kids and animals. what a shame!


      IT’S Not exactly,The girls have been taken good care except for in some remote villages .

    • Lackadaisical

      Sorry, my bad, I didn’t read it properly.

  • thisshortenough

    God I thought this was going to be a story about a sibling accidentally dropping the kid but this was so much worse.

    • Amanda Lee

      Really… the title should be Nightmare Fuel: 10-Year-Old THROWS Baby From 25th Floor

      Just so people know what they are going to get themselves into. Like you said, I thought it was going to be a tragic story about an accident not some scary, psycho kid purposely hurting a toddler.

  • pineapplegrasss

    I’m so truly shocked. Take the warning and do not watch the surveillance video. It is just too heartbreaking. I have a 2 yr old son. I just don’t understand… She just walks onto an elevator going upstairs home from school, then grabs this baby she’s never met before, so he cant follow his gma off, then beats the shit out him on the way up to her apt and throws him off the fucking ledge!?! WTF! How do these things happen?