A six-year-old toddler’s ears were cut off and thrown away by his aunt in Xiangyang, Hubei province following a heated family dispute, Xinhua reported yesterday. The story has been circulating on Weibo since it was exposed by an Internet user and verified by the police earlier this week.
CCTV reports that the incident took place on January 28, when 35-year-old Zhang Qihui took the son of her husband’s brother to a nearby alley to cut off his ears and part of his chin with a knife after an intense family argument.
Local residents who heard the toddler crying cornered Zhang and sent her to the police. The child’s ears were salvaged at the scene, but doctors have been unable to reattach them.
The tragic news follows an all-too-similar case from last August when a six-year-old boy named Guo Bin from Shanxi had his eyes gouged out by his aunt. The boy, nicknamed Binbin, has since left the hospital after being successfully fitted with prosthetic eyes, but will undergo regular psychological guidance and visual rehabilitation training.
Netizens took to Weibo to vent about the violent crimes, calling for psychiatric help for the perpetrator. “I’m almost indifferent now to so many evil-minded women in China! Previously, it was little Binbin with his eye-gauged out (by his aunt). Now, ears and chin being cut off. I wonder how these incidents will end,” one user wrote.
Zhang is currently being held by police under charges of intentional injury.