An 8-month old baby was stabbed by his mother 90 times, mostly in the face, for biting her during breastfeeding.
The stabbing took place in Xuzhou, in eastern China’s Jiangsu Province, where the baby lives with his mother and two uncles. It was one of the uncles who found Xiao Bao lying in a pool of his own blood in the yard and rushed him to the hospital. The infant needed more than 100 stitches after the attack, to which the mother confessed.
Despite pleas from neighbors, the local government has refused to take the baby away from his mother, and there has been no confirmation that she suffered from mental illness. However, Xiao Bao still has his two uncles as guardians, who make their living recycling rubbish.
According to a 2009 analysis of mental health issues in four Chinese provinces, published in the British medical journal The Lancet, 91 percent of the 173 million adults who were believed to suffer from mental illness never received professional help.
In New Jersey earlier this year, 45-year-old Dr. Victoria Vovchik stabbed her 7-year-old daughter, Ava, 31 times. She also slashed the girl’s throat before killing herself. She left no suicide note, and there was no history of domestic abuse or assault in the home. Fortunately, Ava survived the attack after undergoing lifesaving surgery.
Sadly, a similar incident in Detroit in December 2012 didn’t have the same miraculous ending. Semeria Greene, 26, was charged with murder after stabbing her 8-year-old daughter to death. Just weeks before Temeria Greene’s death, a court turned down a request to remove her from the home, saying that there was no immediate danger. After previously being deemed incompetent to stand trial, Semeria Greene was found competent after a three-day hearing last month.
What do you think should happen to Xiao Bao’s mother for stabbing him 90 times?