A Chinese man has been accused of throwing his little girl aged two and her one-year-old brother out of the window so that he could start a new family with his new girlfriend.
According to court papers presented this week the man named Zhang Bo, 27, had met a new younger woman who he wanted to marry, but she refused to accept him when he already had children.
Prosecutors say she pressured him to get rid of them, even cutting her wrists on the day he killed them to show her frustration at not being able to start a new family with him.
The man then reportedly threw both children out of the window, before then running downstairs seeming to be grief stricken at what had just happened. He was filmed banging his head on the wall and crying uncontrollably, which the court now says was all a sham as he was the killer.
He claimed at the time that he had been asleep when the children fell out of the window and said he was woken up by people shouting downstairs who had discovered the children’s bodies on a grass lawn.
The shocking incident in which the children fell from the 15th floor of the tower block happened in the municipality of Chongqing in China in November last year.
The daughter Zhang Ruixue died instantly, while the son Zhang Yangrui died a short while later from the injuries.
The ex-wife of Zhang, named Chen Meilin, told local media that his new girlfriend Ye Chengchen “didn’t want Zhang to have children of his own blood”.
Zhang had started a relationship with her while he was still married, and divorced only later with custody settled so that the daughter would remain with her mother, and the son would remain with him until he was six years old.
He had however invited the girl round to look after her on the day that he murdered both of them after seeing his girlfriend cut her wrists during a live video chat.
The dead children’s mother Chen said: “At that time Zhang was on a video phone call with Ye, Ye slit her wrist, and then Zhang got scared. The phone was dropped, he picked up the two children, and threw them from the balcony.”
He has now been charged with murder together with his girlfriend and the trial started on Monday.
The indictment was shared online by the man’s ex-wife and mother of the two murdered children where it says: “Ye Chengchen told Zhang Bo many times that she and her parents could not accept the fact that Zhang Bo had children. If Zhang Bo had children, Ye Chengchen could not be with Zhang Bo. Around February of the same year, the two agreed to murder them when they met in the Changshou District. Subsequently, Zhang Bo and Ye Chengchen plotted how they would kill the two children through face-to-face meetings and WeChat chats and eventually decided that it would be easiest to kill Zhang Ruixue and Zhang Yangrui by making them fall from a height.
Local media reports that he has admitted he and Ye plotted to kill the children so that they could start a new family without any children from his former marriage.
The ex-wife said that her former husband had been a difficult father, very rarely showing any affection to his children and never learn to care for them for example in changing nappies. She said: “He almost acted as if she was not his child.”
She added “The moment that 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?”
The trial is set to start on Monday (26 July).