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Abduction leaves boy dead, man detained

A 12-YEAR-OLD boy was kidnapped and killed in a city suburb and a suspect has been detained, police said yesterday.

Police said they detained the suspect, surnamed Liang, who had demanded a 50,000 yuan (US$8,029) ransom from the boy's family but killed him before the family could respond.

Liang, who has a criminal record, did not know the victim or his family.

The 28-year-old was taken back to the scene and had confessed to kidnapping and killing the boy, police said.

Around 6:40pm on Tuesday, the boy, surnamed Shen, went to buy something at a grocery store in his neighborhood in Jiangqiao Town but did not return.

Shen's anxious parents found a note placed under a plastic bottle on an air-conditioner unit outside their house. It said the boy had been taken away and they should pay 50,000 yuan in cash before midnight.

The frightened parents began to search for their son and about an hour later found him unconscious in a ditch about 30 meters from their home, police said.

The boy was rushed to hospital but was pronounced dead there. Signs of strangulation were found on Shen's neck, according to a nurse at Nanxiang Hospital.


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