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Passers-by Ignore Bleeding Two-year-old Lying on the Street

Xinhua news agency reported Monday that more than a dozen passers-by ignored a two-year-old girl as she lay critically injured on a street in southern China after a van, and later a truck, ran over her.

A surveillance camera showed a series of people walking past and ignoring the child, named Yue Yue, after she was hit first by a van and then run over by a truck in the street outside her family’s shop in the southern Chinese city of Foshan. Xinhua said a rubbish collector, who finally came to the child’s aid, moved her to the curb and shouted for help. Several shopkeepers ignored the cries for help before he finally tracked down the child’s mother who took her to the hospital.

The video from the surveillance camera has sparked wide-spread outrage on China’s social media sites. One netizen on Sina Weibo, a Chinese micro-blog similar to Twitter, wrote: "This society is seriously ill. Even cats and dogs shouldn’t be treated so heartlessly."

Source: AFP, October 17, 2011