The surveillance footage has gone viral on Chinese social media, prompting a barrage of criticism of the child's mother, who appeared distracted by her phone. The website Shanghaiist even called her "another strong contender for worst mom of the year."
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On Shanghaiist's Facebook page, some were quick to place equal blame the vehicle's driver.
"I think the driver should be more accused than the mom, because the kid is on crosswalk but the driver does not make his or her car slow down," noted one person. "Although the mom is to blame but the driver is the one who drives carelessly come on, those white lines means what? Poor kid!" commented another.
Last year, a child following his mother across the street was run over by a van. His family only realised what had happened once he emerged from under the vehicle.
Before that, a two-year-old girl miraculously escaped without serious injuries after being run over by not one but two cars.
According to the World Health Organization, over 10,000 children die annually in road accidents in China. Click for more trending news