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"Sane" Chinese Mom Stabs Baby 90 Times After He Bit Her During Breastfeeding

Update Date: Jul 12, 2013 02:21 PM EDT
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An eight-month-old baby boy has miraculously survived after his mother stabbed him 90 times with a pair of scissors.

Xiao Bao, from Xuzhou, eastern China's Jiangsu Province, needed more than 100 stitches after his mother relentlessly stabbed him for biting her while she was breastfeeding.

Xiao Bao lives with his mother and two uncles, who earn a living by recycling trash.  According to the Daily Mail, it was one of the uncles rushed Xiao Bao to the hospital after he discovered his nephew's limp body in a pool of blood in the yard of their home.

Xiao Bao's mother later confessed to stabbing her baby after he nipped her during breastfeeding.

After the horrifying incident, neighbors have pleaded with the local government officials to take the baby away.  However, authorities have rejected their pleas, saying that there was no evidence that the mother was suffering from a mental illness and that Xiao Bao still has his two uncles as guardians.

Mental illness is still a taboo subject and modern China, and neither medication nor psychiatric treatment is commonly accepted. Nonetheless, a 2009 study published in the journal The Lancet, estimated that 91 percent of the 173 million Chinese adults believed to suffer psychiatric problems never receive treatment. 

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