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A photo of a woman in China who trapped her toddler under a plastic stool so she can gamble has caused outrage.

The little boy can be seen struggling to climb out of the small space underneath as his mum totally blanks him while she plays the game mahjong, The Sun reports.

Video of the incident has gathered more than 2.1 million views in China where gambling is illegal because of the terrible social problems it has caused for centuries.

The incident was initially said to have taken place at an illicit gambling den near a school in Hengyang city of Hunan Province, according to Legal and Legislation Evening Post.

Police have now shut down that club after busting it and 12 people on suspicion of illegal gambling yesterday.

But officers, who have reviewed the clip, believe the incident had not happened in Hengyang because they did not have local sounding accents.

The police said they would continue to investigate the incident and find the mum.

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  • Seems China is in the news again for treating children badly.

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  • that poor little guy :(

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  • That is so sad to watch. That poor child

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  • Poor little boy. It seems so bizarre that a mother would do this to her child when most of us would put our children first and give our lives for them. Hard to believe but there it is a picture of the poor little guy trapped whilst mum is off gambling.

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  • Another shocking story from China,what is going on with these mother’s?

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  • If gambling was legalised the government would be able to apply controls to eliminate situations like these, implement responsible gambling practices and provide assistance to anyone in need. Must like we do in the western world.

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  • Argh! Poor child. Why do people become parents if then this is how they treat them???? :-(

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  • Another unfortunate story to come out of Chine, where it appears anything and everything comes before the welfare of their children!

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  • Gambling is a horrible addiction. I hope this child is being cared for properly.

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  • Yet another vile story from China. I am amazed that I share this planet with people who have zero thought and tolerance of any form of life other then their own. I hope welfare stepped in and took this baby, but I doubt it

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  • Poor kid and his mum needs serious help

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  • Such despicable behaviour by this boys Mother. It just goes to show how addictive gambling can become.


    • Gambling can be a massive problem for some people and the impact on families can be enormous and devastating.

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  • I feel so much sadness for some children and their family situations. Gambling can be so life and family destroying and can cause so many family problems. Surely a child brings far more joy than gambling – I just don’t understand gambling and certainly do not understand neglecting a child! :(

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  • Some people simply should not have children to care for. She has big problems if she put gambling in before her child.

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  • Disgusting behaviour. This mother should be banned from gambling in all local establishments!

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