Woman who stabbed three newborns in daycare center says she attacked them because she thought they were wolves
In a recent interview that took place in a jailhouse, the woman accused of stabbing three newborn babies and two adults inside a child care center in New York City told a reporter that she had stabbed the infants because she thought they were wolves. Yu Fen Wang spoke to a newspaper in an interview from Rikers Island and has apologized for stabbing the five victims.
The 52-year-old has been charged with five counts of attempted murder for the violence that she caused inside the Mei Xin Care Center in Queens. The center provides 24 hours care for mothers and their newborn babies so that the mother may stay indoors and rest. The practice is traditional and common in East and Southeast Asia. It is called 'zou yue ci' or 'sitting the month'.
Wang told the New York Daily News while speaking in Mandarin, her native language: "I don’t know why I did such a thing or what I was thinking about. At the moment, I thought they were not babies, but wolves. So I slashed."
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Authorities were called to the scene of the stabbing on September 21 and discovered Wang in the basement of the daycare in the process of slitting her left wrist with a knife. The woman still has to enter her pleas to the counts she has been charged with. All the victims are reported to have fully recovered from the attack.
Aside from the three newborn babies, who are all less than a month old, one woman and a man were also injured in the attack. Wang told the newspaper: "I’m sorry, I’m sorry. I hope [the babies] didn’t get hurt. I hope they are OK." The paper reported that the woman has three grandchildren of her own. While the interview was going on, Wang allegedly said a few times: "I can’t live anymore."
The immigrant from China told the New York Daily News that she had worked at the daycare facility in Queens for five years. She said: "I hope to redeem myself. If time could be reversed, I hope I just didn’t commit such a mistake and just be a good person."