It’s not news that many Chinese parents, especially those in under-developed rural areas, have an overwhelming preference of sons, not only because sons can carry the family name, but also because the family need the support of stronger labors. The parents in the below story didn’t abandon their new-born daughter like many other obsessed-with-a-son parents do, but the story is just as horrifying.
56-day-old baby girl Guo Guo was sent to the Children’s Hospital in China’s northern city of Harbin on Aug. 19. It was her second time to this hospital in August. About two weeks ago, doctors took out a 5 cm (about 2 inches) long sewing needle from her chest. Most of the netizens who were shocked at the news thought it was the end of the story after the baby’s parents took her home.
Last week, however, another 3 sewing needles were found under Guo Guo’s arm, through her liver and in her belly. One of the needles was only 1 cm from the girl’s heart. According to her doctor, the needles were aligned perfectly, which means it was no accident. So the hospital reported the case to local police.
When thousands of Chinese netizens put their heads together trying to find out clues about who the criminal is, the baby girl’s father Yin Zhihe delivered himself to the police on Aug. 25.
The 22-year-old Yin is still under investigation as of now. He hasn’t married Guo Guo’s mom yet due to China’s marriage age limit. But according to his parents, the couple loves each other and gets along quite well.
Why a father can be so cruel to his own flesh and blood? Superstition. In many rural areas in China, there is the belief that if one pieces his/her first daughter, then the next child will be a boy. Yin is apparently one of the believers.
Guo Guo isn’t the first baby girl being pierced for her parents’ desire to get a son. Just earlier this month, a 11-month-old baby girl Meng Meng in southern city of Huai’an, Jiangsu province, was found to have 4 needles in her body.
Similar to Guo Guo, Meng Meng was in hospital 2 months ago for another needle in her butt. When she was back in August, there were 4 new needles, some of which were even full of rusty stains. According to doctors, her family knew about the needles days before they sent her to the hospital. Her parents refused to report the case to police even after the doctors urged them to. In the end, it was the doctors who reported to local police, just like what happened in Guo Guo’s case.
No one knows whether Meng Meng’s hometown has the same superstitious belief that piercing the first daughter will give the family a son. The disturbing fact is that Guo Guo and Meng Meng aren’t the first two victims, and won’t be the last.