Pregnant Woman Trips Child, Sends Him to Hospital in China

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  • A pregnant woman intentionally tripped a child at a restaurant in China because he was “annoying her.”

    This story takes place in the town of Baoji in the Shaanxi province province of northern China. Judging from a surveillance video that has gone viral, the boy accidentally whacks the woman with a door curtain as he runs into the restaurant. So on his way out, she trips him, and then goes back to her meal. The boy’s father owns the store next door to the restaurant and had sent his son next door to get some chopsticks.

    The child apparently suffers from a heart defect and required hospitalization for a concussion after the fall. According to several news outlets, he was still in the hospital over five days after the incident. Now, the woman who tripped the boy turned herself into the police, but the child’s mother says she’s not going to press charges since the tripper is soon to be a mother herself. The mother said: “The police said they would detain her for 10 days and penalize her 1,000 yuan (about $160), but she is seven months pregnant. We do not wish to affect her. I have children myself. I can understand.”

    That being said, the woman has offered to pay for the child’s medical expenses, which come to about 3,400 Chinese Yuan, (or about $530). The mother posted a video of her son in the hospital to WeChat, telling her friends not to pass it along or bring any extra attention to the woman who tripped him, but Chinese social media is not having it. The surveillance video has been viewed over 67 million times on Weibo, and one comment, “As someone who is soon going to be a mother, this act is really shameful,” received 21,000 likes.

    Now that the story is going viral in the U.S., commenters are weighing in on whether or not a parent is responsible for how their child acts in public. What do you guys think? Should the pregnant woman get in big trouble for tripping the boy? Let us know in the comments.

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