This is the dramatic moment that family, friends and rescue service workers desperately try to stop a woman from leaping to her death.
They are forced to cling to Sheng Fi’s legs as she threatens to throw herself off a nine-storey building.But what they did not know was that she had smothered her four-year-old nephew just hours earlier and thrown his body from the same roof in Southern China.
Sheng had been embroiled in a bitter row with her sister-in-law, the young boy’s mother, and killed the boy as a result of the fight.
She admitted to smothering him to death and throwing his body from the 100ft tall building in Zhanjiang, Guangdong province before attempting to jump after him.
Unaware, rescue workers, who had been called after Sheng was spotted on the roof, brought her daughter to talk her down after which they moved to grab her before she made the fatal leap.
The horrific truth behind her suicide attempt was unveiled when she had been brought off the ledge. ‘She admits she’d thrown the boy’s body off the same roof.’, a police spokesman told local media. ‘She will still die now, but by a firing squad for murder.’
China has one of the highest suicide rates in the world, placing ninth in World Health Organisation’s list of countries by suicide rate.