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Chinese dad throws toddler into a wall ... then beats up her mother

Man becomes incensed after his tiny victim squabbles with his daughter over the ‘rights’ to a playground rope swing

PUBLISHED : Friday, 07 July, 2017, 3:31pm
UPDATED : Friday, 07 July, 2017, 6:35pm

A simple squabble between two tots at a shopping centre in eastern China escalated into a violent clash between their parents, a local news website reported.

The incident, which happened on Sunday afternoon in a play area at a mall in Zhenjiang, Jiangsu province, was captured on surveillance cameras and released by Thepaper.cn.

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The footage starts with the two girls wrestling over a rope swing. The father of one of the youngsters then appears in the shot, grabs his daughter’s adversary by the back of her party dress and calmly hurls her into a partition wall.

Sitting on the other side of the barrier, however, is the victim’s mother, who immediately clambers over to confront the man. Clearly not averse to using his fists, the man swings a punch at the woman before she even has her feet back on the ground.

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As the angle of the shot changes, the woman can be seen landing a blow of her own, before the man grabs her, lifts her off the ground and slams her to the floor.

As the brawl continues, several other people can be seen watching. The film ends with a second woman running to intervene.

The report did not provide any details of the man and woman involved but said the incident had been reported to the police and that an investigation was under way.

When the footage was shared on social media it sparked a huge debate, garnering more than 1,500 comments on Weibo alone.

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“How could the man be that rude? He hit a girl and a woman. His child will learn from his bad behaviour,” one person said.

Another was less certain of where the blame should lie.

“Both of them were wrong. The woman didn’t even manage to settle the dispute between the two kids.”