Drone ‘flown by expat teen’ hits Chinese toddler, causing facial injury

Police reported to be investigating a 14-year-old after the owner of the drone fled the park where the vehicle struck young boy

PUBLISHED : Monday, 14 May, 2018, 5:17pm
UPDATED : Friday, 18 May, 2018, 1:01pm

A Beijing toddler has been left with a facial injury after he was hit by a drone believed to have been flown by an expat teenager, according to reports.

The one-year-old boy was playing in a park in southeast Beijing’s Tongzhou district at 4pm on May 9 when he was hit in the face by an out-of-control drone, China News Service reported.

His mother, named only as Qi, did not see who was flying the aerial vehicle and has since posted photographs on Chinese microblogging site Weibo to appeal for witnesses.

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The pictures show the boy – referred to in the report by the pseudonym Chengcheng – with a large gash several centimetres long across his face, from the right of his nose to the top of his left eyebrow.

He was given seven stitches, according to a report by Beijing Morning Post. Police said they were investigating a 14-year-old expat, it said.

Eyewitnesses said the drone’s owner had blond hair and left the park after it hit Chengcheng, stated website The Beijinger, which said recently installed CCTV cameras were not recording at the time.

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“At the time I just took care of my child,” Qi was quoted as saying by China News Service. “The person took the drone and ran away.

“At the moment my child is at home resting, but I may need to take him to get an assessment on his injury.”

Drone use is strictly regulated in Beijing. Although there are no age restrictions on who can fly the vehicles, operators are prohibited from flying over many areas of the city, including Beijing Capital International Airport.