Shocking mobile phone footage shows a mum beating her young daughter with a branch for wetting herself and causing her to bleed profusely.
The cruel scenes took place just outside Zhisonglou Central Elementary School, where the seven-year-old, surnamed Li, attends first grade.
The mum, 31-year-old Yue, had been called by the girl’s teachers and was told that her daughter had wet her pants during class in Xuzhou City’s Feng County, in East China’s Jiangsu Province.
As the girl did not have a change of clothes, the school asked Yue to fetch her daughter a bit early - at around 4pm local time - so she could be taken home to change.
But the mum is believed to have arrived furious at her daughter because she had to miss several hours of work.
After giving her a lecture in front of the school gate, she then went on to whip her with the branch, even drawing blood from the child’s face as she cried and screamed in terror.
Subsequent footage taken by passers-by shows the girl squatting down on the ground while blood drips from her face and forms a small pool in the dirt.
According to reports, local police were called and have since begun investigating the unnamed mum.
The girl is in stable condition, the authorities said, but it is unclear whether the mum will be punished for her cruel parenting methods.