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By Qin Jianhang, Jiang Zhiyu and Tang Ziyi / Oct 29, 2019 01:33 PM / Politics & Law

The sentencing of a 13-year-old boy who stabbed a 10-year-old girl to death in the northeastern Chinese city of Dalian has prompted heated debate about how the country handles juvenile criminal cases.

On Oct. 20, the boy, surnamed Cai, confessed to killing the unnamed girl that day. Local police announced Thursday that he had been sentenced to three years of “rehabilitation and reeducation,” during which time he will be sent into foster care, because Cai is under 14, the minimum age of criminal responsibility in China.

Chinese legislators are divided over the decision, with some calling for the age of criminal responsibility to be lowered.

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