Chinese Woman Pleads Guilty to Strangling Newborn Son
A 25-year-old Chinese woman has admitted to strangling her newborn because her family could not afford a second child
A 25-year-old Chinese mother pleaded guilty to strangling her newborn baby and throwing him in a rubbish bin as her family could not afford another child.
Wan Hongyu accepted the charges of intentional homicide of her baby son after giving birth in July last year, when she appeared in Beijing’s Second Intermediate Court on Wednesday. A neighbour heard the cries of a baby boy coming from a rubbish bin outside the residential building where Wan lived in the city’s Daxing district.
However, by the time the person had looked inside the bin the baby had already died, Hong Kong-based South China Morning Post quoted local Chinese media reports as saying. Wan told the court she now regretted strangling her baby and then putting his body in a plastic bag, which she threw in a rubbish bin outside her home.
She said at the time of the murder she was already exhausted looking after her first child, a one-year-old baby son, and the family could not afford to raise a second child. Wan told the court she had kept her pregnancy a secret from her husband and his family. Her husband, who did not attend the trial said that she had lied to him when he had asked her if she was pregnant. Wan Hongyu, who admitted killing her newborn child, said she had kept her pregnancy a secret from her husband.
(The Quint is available on Telegram. For handpicked stories every day, subscribe to us on Telegram)
Subscribe To Our Daily Newsletter And Get News Delivered Straight To Your Inbox.