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The video has been viewed tens of millions of times, with

many leaving comments criticizing Niuniu’s mother for “abusing” h

er daughter and using her “as a tool to make money”.The mother on Monday aftern

oon issued an apology on Twitter-like platform Sina Weibo and defended herself in several media interviews.Her post

on Sina Weibo said that Niuniu is her beloved daughter and that she had absolutely no intention of hurting or abusing her.She also told Beijing News: “My

husband has a job; our family does not rely on Niuniu to make a living.”Niuniu’s mother posted an apology on

Twtter-like platform Sina Weibo on April 10. [Photo/Sina Weibo]”It was getting dark at that time and Niuniu was about to run out to the street

, so my actions were out of worry for her,” she said.Most netizens however were not convinced, with one saying, “Ther

e is no street in front of Niuniu but just a wall.”Two more clips later circulated online and exacerbated the situ

ation.One shot in March shows Niuniu’s mum beating her with a hanger and shouting, “Concentrate your energy”.

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