Chinese girl, 4, found buried after straying on to building site

Initial investigation suggests the child died after she was buried under construction material by a mechanical digger, a news website report

PUBLISHED : Friday, 18 August, 2017, 1:51pm
UPDATED : Friday, 18 August, 2017, 3:29pm

An investigation has been launched after a four-year-old girl was found buried at a road construction site in eastern China, according to a newspaper report.

An initial investigation suggests the girl may have been buried under construction material by a mechanical digger after she strayed onto the building site, the Tencent news website reported.

The girl went missing from her home in Bengbu in Anhui province last week after she went out without her mother noticing.

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Her body was found two days later about 20 metres from her home after a search was launched.

The driver of the digger has been detained by police on suspicion of violating safety standards.

The cause of the accident was still under formal investigation, the report said.