Driver on trial over toddler left to die

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State media in China say a trial has begun for a man accused of driving a minivan that ran over a toddler on a busy street. The case sparked outrage after the little girl was ignored as she lay dying on the road.

The official Xinhua News Agency reported Friday that Hu Jun was charged with the wrongful death of 2-year-old Wang Yue in the southern city of Foshan

Video footage shows the van striking the toddler and then resuming driving, rolling its back right wheel over her.

Over the next seven minutes, 18 people walked or cycled by the child. Another van struck her before a scrap picker scooped her up as the girl's mother came looking for her.

The child died a week later, but the incident caused soul searching among Chinese over declining morality. - Sapa-AP


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