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Man detained for posting rumor about girl's death

SHANGHAI police arrested a man who caused mass panic by posting online rumors about the violent death of a three-year-old girl.
The 39-year-old man surnamed Xie was caught in the city's Changxing Island last Thursday and was punished with a five-day administrative detention for disturbing public order.
Police said Xie wrote on a well-known online forum last Tuesday that a three-year-old girl on Changxing Island had her kidneys removed and her dead body was abandoned.
The post frightened many parents on the island and some even called the police to find out whether the allegation was true.
Xie told the police that it was a hearsay he learned from others.
Police warned people not to post false information online or they may face legal punishment.


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