Chinese Mother Kills Newborn Daughter by Throwing Her out of Window
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HARBIN, China—An 18-year-old woman in northeastern China killed her newborn daughter Tuesday by throwing her out of a window, reported state-run Shenghuo Newspaper. The woman, who police identified as an 18-year-old hairdresser surnamed Zhang, had given birth in her apartment’s shared bathroom earlier that day.


Surveillance footage taped the entire incident, which unfolded in an apartment building in the city of Harbin. The mother appeared at a window between the second and third floors, then threw a bag into the road outside the building. A car ran over the bag soon afterward.


The baby girl was not breathing when a security guard noticed bloodstains on the bag and called the police, but it was unclear whether the fall or the vehicle impact caused her death. Local officials arrested Ms. Zhang  on suspicion of intentional homicide and took her to a nearby hospital.

The story spread across Chinese social media this week as Chinese netizens condemned Ms. Zhang’s actions. According to the Shenghuo paper, her own mother was appalled by her actions, saying, “How could you do this, this is murder!”


Ms. Zhang’s story is the latest in a string of recent infanticide cases surfacing across China. In June, a Chinese mother attracted global attention by accidentally dropping her illegally born baby boy down a sewer pipe. Police arrested a Nanjing couple later that month for starving their one-year-old and three-year-old daughters to death. Just this week, another 19-year-old woman was charged with killing her daughter by throwing her off of a 12th-floor balcony. Incidents like these have sparked discussion of the grisly implications of China’s One-Child Policy.


China portrays itself to the world as a progressive and prosperous society, but cases like Ms. Zhang’s remain common. China’s cultural son preference and its brutally enforced One-Child Policy form a deadly combination. Chinese girls are still twice as likely to die in their first year of life as boys. And since the One-Child Policy began in 1980, more than 37 million girls have disappeared through infanticide and abortion.


Brian Lee, Executive Director of All Girls Allowed, said, “As long as the One-Child Policy stays in place, brutal infanticides like Ms. Zhang’s will continue. Decades of oppression have taught Chinese women like her that their lives are worthless, leading them to think the same about their daughters. At All Girls Allowed, we pray that the Chinese government will end the One-Child Policy’s horrors and acknowledge Chinese women’s value, dignity and justice.”



All Girls Allowed ( was founded by Chai Ling in 2010 with a mission to display the love of Jesus by restoring life, value and dignity to girls and mothers in China and to reveal the injustice of the One-Child Policy.  “In Jesus’ Name, Simply Love Her.”


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