Child dies after being run over by Chinese family planners

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AN INFANT died after being run over by a van carrying Chinese family planning officials who had confronted his mother for failing to adhere to state limits on offspring per couple.

The 13-month-old boy was struck after he fell from his father’s arms in the town of Mayu in Zhejiang province, a rural district in the Yangtze delta. Officials were threatening to detain his mother if she did not pay a 30,000 yuan (£3,000) fine for having an unauthorised third child.

China limits most urban couples to one child and rural parents to two in a much-despised policy enacted more than 30 years ago to rein in population growth in the world’s most populous country.

The boy died in hospital yesterday, state new agency Xinhua said. Police are investigating.