Abuse suspected as China toddler excretes last nail (2)

16:28, June 18, 2010      

Email | Print | Subscribe | Comments | Forum 

Police in Yulin City said they had been closely following media reports of the girl's case and were ready to launch an investigation if there were evidence of abuse.

"The police have received no reports or complaints yet," said Hao Hairong, an officer with the Yuyang Branch of the city's public security bureau. "When we do, or when there's clear evidence the nails were fed to the girl, we'll launch an investigation and bring the culprit to justice."

Last week, pediatricians from the provincial capital, Xi'an, suspected she was suffering from pica, an eating disorder characterized by persistent cravings to eat non-food items such as dirt or cigarette butts.

But unlike pica patients, the levels of zinc, calcium and magnesium in Ting Ting's blood sample were normal.

Ting Ting's case has aroused widespread attention from the media and health experts. The case has been discussed widely on the Internet, where many people suspected it was a case of child abuse. Some also speculated the abuse was a result of China's deep-rooted preference for male offspring.
【1】 【2】


  • Do you have anything to say?


Special Coverage
  • Premier Wen Jiabao visits Hungary, Britain, Germany
  • From drought to floods
Major headlines
Editor's Pick
  • Giant red lantern lights up in Tiananmen Square to celebrate the coming National Day on Oct. 1. (Xinhua/Li Xin)
  • A ceremony is held in Taipei, southeast China's Taiwan, on Sept. 28, 2011, to commemorate the 2,562nd birthday of Confucius (551-479 BC), a Chinese thinker, educationist and philosopher. (Xinhua/Wu Ching-teng)
  • The world's first Boeing 787 Dreamliner for delivery arrives at Haneda airport in Tokyo, capital of Japan, on Sept. 28, 2011. The Boeing 787 Dreamliner, whose buyer is All Nippon Airways (ANA), will implement a flight of ANA on Oct. 26 from Tokyo's Narita Airport to Hong Kong in south China. (Xinhua/Ji Chunpeng)
  • A Libyan National Transitional Council (NTC) fighter shows what is believed to be human jawbone found inside a mass grave near Abu Salim prison in Tripoli, Libya, Spet. 27, 2011. The NTC on Sunday said they had found a mass grave containing the bodies of 1,270 people killed by Gaddafi's security forces in a 1996 massacre at Abu Salim prison in southern Tripoli. (Xinhua/Li Muzi)
  • Rescue workers and local residents search for survivors after a building collapsed in old Delhi, India, Sept. 27, 2011. At least 10 people were killed and 35 injured when an old three-storey building collapsed. More than a dozen people are still feared trapped under the debris, police said. (Xinhua/Partha Sarkar)
  • A visitor has flying experience in the windmill castle of Jinshitan National Holiday resort in Dalian, northeast China's Liaoning Province, Sept. 27, 2011. The castle is a 23-meter-high building with 21 meters in diameter. The castle uses wind tunnel to make objects floating in the air. It is the first indoor stadium in China, which enables people to have flying experience. (Xinhua/Zhang Chunlei)
Hot Forum Discussion