Infant girl beaten to death

HONG KONG: A woman in China threw her two-month-old baby girl out of a second floor window, then battered the infant to death with a hammer when she survived the fall, a news report said yesterday. 

The 24-year-old woman from Xian, Shaanxi Province, killed the girl because she wanted a baby boy, according to neighbours. She was arrested for infanticide, the South China Morning Post reported. 

Meanwhile, a couple in southern China has posted advertisements around their home city offering to swap their six-year-old son for a girl, a news report said yesterday. 

The couple from Shenzhen said they had a 10-year-old boy and feared they would not be able to afford the cost of educating two boys, according to the South China Morning Post.  

Families in China often invest more in educating boys. – dpa  

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