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Drugged dad denies trying to kill daughter

A FATHER yesterday denied a charge of attempted murder by hanging his two-year-old daughter upside down outside an eighth-floor window in July.

Hu Binjun's lawyer argued in the central China court that the 34-year-old father was hallucinating from taking crystal methamphetamine when he dangled his daughter from the window by one leg for nearly four hours.

Chenghua District People's Court in Chengdu City of Sichuan Province will rule on the case later, according to Tian Fu Zao Bao newspaper today.

Hu told the court he had a fight with his wife, who called police officers to intervene on July 7. He said he dangled his daughter out of the window for no more than 10 minutes and only to deter the officers from coming in. The girl suffered bruises on her arms and legs and is now well.

The defendant also presented a document proving his mental disorder issued by the local mental health authority in August.

Prosecutors cited Hu's wife's testimony and many witnesses that Hu had suspended his daughter from the window for more than three hours.

They also argued that Hu's hallucinations did not affect his liability, and said the certificate of his mental disorder was issued one month after the incident.

Hu's wife Wang Xingxing was not present at the court yesterday, and earlier reports said she is considering divorcing Hu.


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