A man has been arrested in south China after he was caught on camera pushing his intellectually disabled son into the sea in a bid to stage an accident and claim insurance money.
The father, known by his surname Yang, reported to police that his son had fallen into the water and gone missing after the Monday incident in Hainan, according to Chinese media.
Yang later confessed to the authorities that he had faked the disappearance of his son who ‘was a heavy burden to the family’, an officer said.
Hainan police today have found the body of Yang’s 38-year-old son and detained the suspect amid an ongoing investigation.
On Monday, the authorities received a report from the Chinese father, reportedly to be 64, who claimed his intellectually disabled son had accidentally fallen into the sea and disappeared.
During the investigation, the officers found the CCTV footage of Yang’s son being pushed off the dock by a man wearing the same clothing as the father.
The parent also appeared unusually calm without showing any sadness or devastation.
Yang initially denied the allegation and repeatedly asked the police to issue a formal notice proving his son’s ‘accidental disappearance’.
The man eventually admitted that he had planned the incident with a distant relative in the hope of claiming insurance money for his own use.
The father, originally from southwest China’s Hunan province, came up with the idea of faking his son’s disappearance when he visited the southern Chinese island Hainan in mid-September.
He contacted his distant relative, known by his surname Li, and offered the family member 6,000 yuan (£685) to help him do the job, reports said.
After they travelled to Hainan with Yang’s son, the three of them went to a local dock in the wee hours of September 28.
Chilling footage initially shows the father signalling his relative to push his son, who was peeing while standing on the edge of the dock.
After the relative hesitated to take action, Yang walked up and pushed his son into the sea.
The suspect later confessed to officers that he had bought personal accident insurance for his son last year.
‘[He said] his child had intellectual disabilities from a young age and was a heavy burden to the family,’ an officer told Pear Video. ‘He wanted to claim the insurance money to support himself after his child ‘accidentally died’.’
The authorities have arrested Yang and Li amid an ongoing investigation. The son’s body has been found today, according to Chinese media, citing the police.