Toddler son, 2, talks father down from killing himself

Toddler son, 2, talks father down from killing himself
Rao Ni pictured with his son who told him not to jump (Picture: CEN)

A two-year-old boy is being credited with saving his father’s life when he talked him out of jumping from a bridge.

Rao Ni, 39, had not been paid for a year and was unable to pay his rent so he came to the heartbreaking decision to end it all.

But passers by spotted him on a bridge in Lingao County, China, and contacted police.

They stayed with him, talking to him, until his wife and son were there.

Police spokesman Guo Tsou said: ‘It is difficult to know what the boy could make out of what was happening, but he must’ve heard his mother and father talking for hours and realised both were upset, and he was also in tears.

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Pic shows: Foreman Rao Ni was saved from killing himself after his two-year-old son tells him not to do it.nnThis is the moment a suicidal building foreman was saved from killing himself after his two-year-old son tells him not to do it.nnForeman Rao Ni, 39, decided to end it all after being unable to even pay the rent any longer because his wages had not been paid for a year.nnSo he climbed onto the bridge near his work Lingao County, in southern China¿s Hainan Province, where he was spotted as he contemplated taking his life by passers-by, who raised the alarm with police.nnAnd after he was identified by a work colleague standing in the crowd below, they had contacted his family and then arranged for Rao¿s wife and his two-year-old son to be brought to the scene to talk to him and to persuade him not to jump.nnPolice spokesman Guo Tsou said: "It is difficult to know what the boy could make out of what was happening, but he must've heard his mother and father talking for hours and realised both were upset, and he was also in tears.nn"At the end when he started calling his dad, it seemed to get through to him and then the two fell into each other's arms."nnRao said he had arrived in Hainan Province ten-years-ago and had been working in construction ever since. Last May he began working on a local construction site with more than 40 other migrant workers.nnHowever, as he agreed upon the work without signing a contract, Rao and the 40-odd workers he led remained unpaid, even after construction stopped and the project was scrapped.nnWithout a written contract, Rao was helpless as he demanded his and his workers¿ wages, leading to several conflicts with the property developing firm. With nowhere else to turn, Rao decided to end his life.nnAfter the incident, police promised to help Rao look into the matter. But they, too, said it would be difficult to win a case without a written contract.nn(ends)n
Mr Ni was struggling financially and was unable to pay his rent (Picture: CEN)

‘At the end when he started calling his dad, it seemed to get through to him and then the two fell into each other’s arms.’

Rao said he had arrived in Hainan Province 10 years ago and had been working in construction ever since. Last May he began working on a local construction site with more than 40 other migrant workers.

However, as he agreed upon the work without signing a contract, Rao and the 40-odd workers he led remained unpaid, even after construction stopped and the project was scrapped.

Without a written contract, Rao was helpless as he demanded his and his workers’ wages, leading to several conflicts with the property developing firm. With nowhere else to turn, Rao decided to end his life.

After the incident, police promised to help Rao look into the matter. But they, too, said it would be difficult to win a case without a written contract.

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25 March 2015 | 2:04 pm – Source: metro.co.uk

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