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Thief strangles baby inside stolen car to stop him from crying

By Mason White 1:06 PM March 18, 2013
Zhou Xijun 

By: Ryan Lee Hall
(Scroll down for video) A family was left devastated after their baby was stolen along with their car.

Zhou Xijun, 48, stole a 4×4 jeep in Jilin Province, in northern China. At first, he did not realize that there was a baby inside the car, but when the two-month-old Xu Haob did not stop crying Zhou killed the baby.

The baby’s father had left the car running with the baby inside as he ran into his shop for a moment, according to reports. The baby was strapped inside the car when Xijun jumped into the car and drove off.

When the father realized that his car and baby were gone he called police, who set up a major manhunt.

Police found the car abandoned in front of a school 40 kilometers outside of the city, but there was no trace of the baby.

The next day Xijun turned himself in and confessed to killing the baby after he wouldn’t stop crying. “I stopped the car, strangled the baby and buried his body in the snow,” Xijun told police.

Thousands of people are calling for the death penalty for Xijun, who viciously killed an innocent baby. Under Chinese law, Xijun could escape the death penalty for murder because he turned himself into police. Instead, he may receive a life sentence.

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