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Beijing baby killer executed

Xinhua, October 31, 2014 Adjust font size:

A Beijing court announced that the convicted killer of a two-year-old girl was executed on Friday.

Han Lei's death sentence was upheld by the Supreme People's Court, the Beijing No. 1 Intermediate People's Court said on its verified account on Sina Weibo, the Chinese equivalent of Twitter.

Han, 40, who claimed to be intoxicated at the time, was arguing with the child's mother over a parking space in Beijing's Daxing District on July 23 last year when he grabbed the girl and threw her to the ground. He fled the scene but was arrested the next day.

The girl sustained severe injuries and died just days later.

The atrocity sparked nationwide outrage and prompted discussions about child protection.

The intermediate court found Han guilty of intentional homicide and handed down the death penalty in September. Han lodged an appeal, which was rejected by the Beijing Higher People's Court in November.

Han had only been out of prison for nine months before the incident.

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