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Mother cuts off her son’s fingers because her husband told her to help her son with homework

By Mason White 10:37 AM April 10, 2014
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By: Sanvi Rizvi
A child was rushed to a hospital after his mother cut off his fingers, police in China said.

Now, the woman has been arrested after she allegedly tried to cut off her son’s hand with a meat cleaver in a furious row with her husband at the family home in Shanghai.

Mingmei Sun, 34, was upset that her husband had not come home early to help the children with their homework, leaving her to do it instead, police said.

A furious row erupted, and her husband Tu, 36, walked away and locked himself in a bedroom. Frustrated and angry that her husband was ignoring her, she grabbed her eight-year-old son, Mingming, who had been crying in the corner while his parents argued, and pulled a butcher knife.

She put the child’s hand on the kitchen table and apparently tried to cut it. She managed to cut three of his fingers before the child got away.

The father, who ran out of the room after hearing his son screaming, took him to the nearest hospital, where doctors tried to reattach his fingers. “Hopefully, the child will make a full recovery, but we will not know until a few days after the operation,” a doctor at the hospital said.

Police said the woman has been arrested and is currently in custody.