Video footage of a two-year old baby girl being struck by vehicles in two separate hit-and-runs, then ignored by bystanders as she lay critically injured has caused an uproar in China around the world.
Many are calling into question the morality of a society where at least 18 people could either drive or walk by an injured child and not render aid.
The incident happened last week outside of a market in Foshan, a city in China’s Guangdong Province.
In the footage captured by CCTV, two-year old Wang Yue is seen wondering aimlessly into the street. Moments later a van hits her, then stops momentarily before the driver continues on. The rear wheels of the vehicle roll over the helpless child.
Several minutes later another vehicle hits the child. Again, the driver doesn’t stop to help or even get out of his vehicle.
Finally after at least ten minutes one woman stopped to help.
58-year-old Chen Xianmei was scavenging when she saw the child and pulled her to the side of the road before calling for help.
“Blood was coming out her nose and mouth,” Chen told local reporters. “I didn’t understand why no one else had carried her from the street.”
The young girl’s mom shows up to claim her and rushes her to the hospital where she is now listed in critical condition.
“I’m still so worried,” the child’s father, Wang Chichang told CNN. “I feel helpless and angry. Had one passer-by stopped to help earlier, this whole thing wouldn’t have been so tragic.”
The father was said to be busy running his hardware shop in the Foshan market, while his wife was hanging laundry. Neither noticed their daughter had wandered off until it was too late.
Police have caught the 2 hit-and-run drivers.