Eight-year-old murders mother

PEKING (Reuter) - An eight-year-old only child who poisoned his mother when she refused to buy him a toy car was killed by his enraged father, who then committed suicide, the Jiangsu Legal News said.

The killings took place in November in rural Shandong province. The boy, angry when his mother declined to give him an electronic toy car, laced her breakfast porridge with rat poison. On hearing his son confess to the murder, the father threw him across the room and the child died instantly, the newspaper said. The distraught man then drank liquid fertiliser and died.