Man arrested for allegedly running over toddler in China

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  • Two hit-and-run drivers seriously injured the girl on October 13
  • Video showed more than a dozen people passing by the two-year-old
  • The girl later died from her injuries
  • Her story spurred intense debate about morals in Chinese society

A 24-year-old man has been charged with manslaughter for the death of Wang Yue, the toddler who garnered international attention after she was run over and ignored by passersby, authorities said Tuesday.

Authorities arrested a man named Hu Jun, China's state-run Xinhua news agency reported.

The man, who is from eastern China, is accused of being one of two drivers who drove over the two-year-old girl on a narrow street in southern China earlier this month.

The girl, known by the nickname Yue Yue, later died.

Video captured by a nearby security camera showed the drivers, one after the other, hitting the girl in Foshan, Guangdong province. More than a dozen people walked, cycled or drove past the toddler as she lay bleeding in a busy market area.

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The video footage sparked a global outcry about the state of morality in China's fast-changing society. That included generating a flurry of activity on Sina Weibo, China's equivalent of Twitter, and spurring a "Stop Apathy" online campaign.

The girl was eventually rescued by a 58-year-old scavenger who pulled her aside and tried to get help.