Chinese Couple Sentenced To Death After Father Kills His Two Young Children
A father and his girlfriend have both been sentenced to death in China after he threw his two toddlers from his apartment building because his girlfriend did not want to raise another woman's children.
The two young children both died after falling from the tower block in the municipality of Chongqing, China, on November 2, last year.
27-year-old Zhang Bo had met his current girlfriend Ye Chengchen, and vowed to marry her, but she and her parents refused to accept him while he already had children with another woman.
The 2-year-old daughter, Zhang Ruixue, died instantly, while the 1-year-old son, Zhang Yangrui died of his injuries shortly afterward.
Chengchen had pressured him into getting rid of the children somehow, she even cut her own wrists on the day of their death to show her frustration at not being able to start a new family with him.
The father then threw both of his children out of the window of his apartment before running downstairs and acting grief-stricken at the tragedy that had just unfolded.
He was filmed crying uncontrollably and banging his head on the wall, prosecutors described this as "all a sham."
Zhang claimed that he was asleep at the time the children fell out of the window and he was only awoken by the local residents shouting downstairs after seeing the bodies of his children on the grass.
Zhang's ex-wife and mother to the children, Chen Meilin, told local news reporters that his new girlfriend Chengchen "didn't want Zhang to have children of his own blood to another woman."
She explained that Zhang had asked to look after his daughter on the day that he killed both of the children after watching Chengchen cut her wrists during a live video chat.
Chen said "At that time, Zhang was on a video phone call with Ye. She slit her wrists and then Zhang got scared. The phone was dropped, he picked up the two children, and threw them from the balcony."
Local media reported that Zhang had confessed that he and his girlfriend had plotted to kill both of the children so they could start their new family without them.
Zhang's ex-wife also said: "The moment I heard my kids were actually thrown out of the 15th-floor by their father and the mistress, I couldn't find any words to describe my feelings, I couldn't imagine what my kids had experienced from the 15th floor to the ground, were they desperate? Were they afraid?"
She claimed that Zhang was crying in court and apologised for what he had done, whilst his girlfriend continued to deny all the accusations made against her.
The trial started in July at the Chongqing No. 5 Intermediate People's Court. On December 28, Zhang was sentenced to death for the murder of his children, his girlfriend was also sentenced to death for pressuring him to carry out the crime.