Chinese court sentences to death car thief who killed baby in case that angered public

A northeastern Chinese court has sentenced to death a man who strangled a baby boy after realizing the infant was in the back seat of a car he had just stolen, in a case that triggered public anger.

The official Xinhua News Agency said the Changchun Intermediate People's Court found Zhou Xijun guilty of murder and sentenced him to death on Monday.

State media reports say Zhou stole an SUV parked outside a supermarket, its engine still running, in Changchun city in March. He drove it onto a highway before finding the 2-month-old baby sleeping in the backseat.

The court found that Zhou strangled the child and buried him in the snow. He turned himself in after the case triggered public fury and a manhunt was launched.