A four-year-old girl fights for her life after being kidnapped and raped by a neighbor of her grandparents.
The 54-year-old attacker, identified only as Liu, was sentenced to death by a court in Harbin, northeast China on Wednesday, after leaving his victim with serious organ infections and injuries.
He admitted that police snatched the girl from her home before attacking her in a drainage ditch near a construction site, according to a court report.
The girl’s family reported her missing on the night of August 29 – telling authorities that Liu had stopped by the house that day for a drink.
The next morning he brought her back bruised and blood on her pants before being arrested later that day.
The little girl also had a fever from a bacterial infection.
She is still in critical condition in an intensive care unit, her father told local media after yesterday’s conviction.
“He brought my child back around 6 in the morning,” said the girl’s grandmother. “I thought to myself: this is bad, he had done something to my child.”
Her mother added, “She kept shivering and her eyes were glassy. She was afraid to speak.”
At the time of the incident, the girl’s father said, “The doctors told me my child was nearly unconscious and had serious infections.”
He told state media China News this week that his daughter is “still seriously ill.”
“All her organs are infected and damaged. She’s also suffering from kidney failure.”
Following a trial, Harbin’s Intermediate People’s Court also deprived Liu – who previously served two sentences for murder and rape – of political rights for life.
It is not yet known whether he intends to appeal the death penalty.
Wang Guijin, a lawyer at Heilongjiang Weihong Law Office, said the case led to changes to the Minors Protection Act, strengthening child protection
“Parents, teachers, community workers and experts can provide more information and knowledge to raise awareness of self-protection in children,” he added.