Chinese Hit-and-Run Toddler Dies

Yueyue succumbs to injuries as nation debates tragedy
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 21, 2011 3:15 AM CDT
Yueyue's mother, left, speaks to Chen Xianmei, the woman who was the first to come to her daughter's aid.    (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – The Chinese toddler who was run over by two vans and then ignored by more than a dozen passers-by has died. "Her injuries were too severe and the treatment had no effect," said the director of the intensive care unit where 2-year-old Yueyue was treated. The case has sparked furious debate in China over whether morals have been left behind during the country's economic boom, and some are calling for a law to punish those who refuse to help people in obvious distress.

The Communist Party chief of Guangdong province called for "searching reflection" on the heart-breaking incident, urging citizens to "take active and effective steps to raise the moral standards of the entire society," Reuters reports. The 57-year-old trash collector who finally came to Yueyue's aid is being hailed as a heroine but, overwhelmed by media attention, she has refused to grant interviews and returned to her home village, the Guardian reports.

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