Changchun baby murder

On March 4, 2013, a grey Toyota RAV4 was stolen from outside a convenience store in Changchun's Luyuan district. Strapped into the back seat was Xu Haobo, a two-month-old baby boy. A city-wide manhunt was launched and on March 5 the stolen SUV was found abandoned outside the Yingchengzi Elementary School in Yongfa township. Later that day, a 48-year-old man handed himself in to police, confessing that he had choked the baby to death after stealing the vehicle and had buried its remains in the snow. 

Net users blame 'Skynet' over death of abducted mainland baby

Changchun citizens gathered together to mourn the death of a two-month-old baby killed by a car thief in Changchun. Photo: AFP

A costly national surveillance network is under fire in Changchun, Jilin, for failing to catch the suspect in a high-profile kidnapping case that tragically ended in the death of a two-month-old baby boy.

Friday, 8 March, 2013, 5:36am

Failed police manhunt for Changchun baby murderer brings CCTV surveillance under fire

Caijing photo of police guarding a billboard announcing the launch of phase 2 construction of Changchun's "Skynet".

With vast sums of taxpayer money used to fund construction of the city's costly 'eye-in-the-sky' video surveillance network, netizens want to know why it was useless in the manhunt.

7 Mar 2013 - 1:03pm

Media blackout on baby boy strangled to death by car thief

An aunt of the abducted infant Xu Haobo reacts after learning of his abduction. Photo: China Foto Press

A media blackout had been imposed on further coverage of the high-profile death of the two-month-old baby boy apparently killed by a car thief who stole the father's SUV in Changchun, Jilin province.

A search for the infant boy, Xu Haobo, and the thief appeared to end in tragedy on Tuesday when a 48-year-old man turned himself in to police and said he had choked the baby to death.

7 Mar 2013 - 9:01am 2 comments

Thousands join vigil to mourn Jilin baby killed in car theft

Local residents gather to mourn a baby who was strangled to death by a car thief in Changchun on March 5, 2013. Photo: Xinhua

Thousands of Jilin residents braved the freezing cold to attend a candlelight vigil in China’s northeastern city of Changchun on Tuesday evening to mourn the death of a two-month-old baby who had been stolen along with an SUV and was killed by the thief.

28 May 2013 - 8:59am 2 comments

Jilin man confesses to killing missing baby boy, police say

Police collect evidence yesterday from the SUV stolen from the dead boy's father. Photo: Xinhua

A two-day manhunt for a baby boy and the man who kidnapped him ended last night after the suspect turned himself in and admitted choking the baby to death, Jilin police said.

6 Mar 2013 - 11:35am

City-wide Changchun manhunt for missing baby ends in tragedy

The baby's aunt weeps and pleads for its safe return in Changchun on Tuesday. Photo: SCMP pictures

A two-day city-wide manhunt in snow-covered northeastern China ended in heartbreak and disbelief after a baby stolen along with a SUV was found murdered – and the suspected thief and murderer turned himself in.

6 Mar 2013 - 9:44am

Vehicle found, but baby still missing after Changchun manhunt

The SUV was stolen from outside this Jilin convenience store.

Officers found the Toyota RAV4 at about 8am in front of a school entrance in Gongzhuling county, about 40 kilometres southwest of Changchun, Jilin province in northeastern China. But there was no baby in the vehicle or any trace of the kidnapper.

6 Mar 2013 - 9:44am 1 comment

Theft of car with baby inside triggers manhunt in Changchun

The SUV was stolen from outside this Jilin convenience store.

Local media in Changchun broadcast live coverage of the search as police urged the public to call in with any tips and to help track down the thief-turned-kidnapper.

6 Mar 2013 - 9:46am

Live chicken shooting game sparks controversy

An Ice festival in Jilin has invited tourists to shoot at live chickens. Photo: Screenshot from Weibo.

Organisers of an ice festival in China’s northern Jilin province thought they were being clever by inviting tourists to use live chicken as shooting targets. Instead, it has sparked controversy and anger when people across the country learned about the cruel game.

19 Jan 2013 - 8:07am 5 comments

Conflicting reports on seizure of 12,000 shells

More than 12,000 artillery shells were seized from a truck in the central province of Hubei on Sunday, local media reported yesterday.

The truck was heading to the northeastern provonce of Jilin from the southwestern municpality of Chongqing when traffic police stopped it.

6 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Zhang on the ascent as he takes Chongqing post

The chances of Vice-Premier Zhang Dejiang being appointed to the nation's most powerful ruling body this autumn have improved considerably after he was picked to lead the troubled southwestern municipality of Chongqing .

16 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Odd proposals

Border festival plea to boost friendly exchanges

Jin Shuoren, an NPC deputy from Jilin, has proposed the setting up of a border areas festival, the People's Daily reports. Jin said it could strengthen people's care and support of border areas, drive economic development and promote exchanges among different nationalities.

9 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Telecoms chief in inquiry mystery

Telecommunications giant China Mobile says it is checking online speculation that its vice-president, Lu Xiangdong, and the general manager of its Guangdong branch, Xu Long, have been put under investigation.

2 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Woman in top job, but they're few and far between

The mainland has a woman provincial governor once again, more than a year after the last one stepped down.

Li Bin, former minister of the National Population and Family Planning Commission (NPFPC), was elected governor of Anhui by the provincial people's congress on Wednesday.

17 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

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