Half of 4-year-old boy’s head caved-in by stepmother, father takes money and runs
The birth parents of little “Zhongbao” (literally “Chinese Treasure”) gave birth to him out of wedlock, and separated when little “Zhongbao” was just two years old. Afterwards, little Zhongbao’s birth father met a woman online and would later move in together. This woman would become little Zhongbao’s stepmother, and she herself had come from a divorce. When bringing up his stepmother, little Zhongbao would become very agitated and from time to time would say, “It was that fat lady who beat me; she used a wok spatula to hit me.” The “fat lady” in question would be little Zhongbao’s stepmother. Originally, little Zhongbao stayed with his grandfather and grandmother in Beijing ever since he was a baby, but upon consideration that little Zhongbao spent too little time with his father, little Zhongbao was sent back home to Henan on February 10th of this year. However, just 40-some days later, their grandson would suffer grievous injuries, and nearly lose his life.
After the incident, the birth father and the stepmother stated they don’t want treatment, but the grandfather and grandmother insisted upon carrying-out treatment and had their grandson transferred to Zhengzhou University Number One Auxiliary Hospital to undergo a second operation. But who would have guessed that when the boy regained consciousness that the father and the stepmother would take the family’s remaining savings of 2000RMB and run, their whereabouts remaining unknown to this day. According to reports, while little Zhongbao was unconscious the stepmother had explained that he had slipped and fallen down. However, once little Zhongbao awakened, he identified his stepmother as the one who had hit him. The police claimed that a 4-year-old child’s testimony cannot be used as legal basis and a case could not be opened. But as a result of the indefatigable efforts of the grandparents of little Zhongbao, Zhengzhou police two days ago finally called to say that a formal investigation into the case of little Zhongbao’s injury has been opened.
The boy’s cranial capacity has been lessened a great deal; now even walking is very difficult for him, and his sense of balance is impaired as well.
Comments from Tianya:
Such a cute little boy, and [the stepmother] is still able to raise a hand against him[?] So vicious.
Case cannot be opened? Fuck.
Human scum, just seeing this makes my heart ache…
If this woman isn’t heavily punished, then this is an intolerable injustice!
Brutal; a stepmother is not as good as a birth mother.
As ruthless as men are, there are women who are even more ruthless!
This should be posted on Weibo, so it’ll spread even faster~
Yes, this I’ve seen before on Shangdong Television, and that birth mother is also a JP, having given birth to him, yet not being able to take responsibility, even saying how it will be hard for her to get married in the future and whatever [if she has a son]!! I want to know this child’s contact method. I wonder how I can find them?
Who says that the testimony of a four year-old boy can’t launch a criminal investigation? This police officer is such a liar!
Transcript and translation of dialogue and subtitles from above video:
On April 4th, 2011, the stepmother of four year-old Henan boy little Zhongbao is suspected of having caused an indentation in his head from hitting him with a wok spatula.
It was the fat lady who hit me; [she] used a spatula to hit me; the fat lady is my stepmother
The fat lady is bad; she hits me and acts shamelessly.
Does the fat lady normally hit you?
She does, she hits me all the time>
Where does she hit little Zhongbao?
[touches his head]
The birth parents of little “Zhongbao” gave birth to him out of wedlock, and separated when little “Zhongbao” was just two years old. Afterwards, his birth father met online the divorced woman who would become little Zhongbao’s stepmother. This woman is the “fat lady” little Zhongbao says hit him.
Three months after “little Bao” [a contraction of "little Zhongbao"] was born, his father and his mother went out [moved away] for work.
I have raised little Zhongbao by feeding him milk powder ever since he was three months old.
Little Bao’s birth parents separated two years ago.
While little Bao was in the Zhengzhou hospital,
his birth mother came to visit him a few times.
His birth mother has just started working, and doesn’t have any money.
She says she still needs to find a boyfriend, that she can’t take care of [little Zhongbao].
My grandson is so pitiful.
My perfectly fine grandson, who was perfectly healthy and vibrant, has become like this.
His entire life has been ruined, what is he going to do in the future?
Little Zhongbao lived with his grandfather and grandmother in Beijing, but upon consideration that little Zhongbao spent too little time with his father, little Zhongbao was sent back home to Henan on February 10th of this year. However, just 40-some days later, their grandson would suffer grievous injuries, and nearly lose his life.
[The grandmother and little Zhongbao are sitting together]
Little Bao has never received a father’s love, nor has he received a mother’s love
I regret, regret having sent him to them [little Zhongbao's parents]
Don’t cry. [wipes away the tears of his grandmother]
After the incident, little Zhongbao’s father and stepmother chose to forgo treatment for him, and it was only after the insistence of the grandfather and grandmother was finally saved. However, they never imagined that little Zhongbao’s father and stepmother would actually take the two thousand yuan required for little Bao’s medical expenses and run away, and remain unable to contacted to this day.
I’ve only known her (little Bao’s stepmother) for a short amount of time, and all I know is that her temper is very irritable.
She considers the child to be a burden, encumbering them [her and her husband].
[I] once gave them a call, [and said] if you can’t take care of him then send him back.
But they didn’t send him back either.
After taking care of him for just over a month, something happens.
While little Zhongbao was unconscious, his stepmother claimed little Zhongbao injured himself from slipping and falling down on his own. However, once little Zhongbao awakened, he identified his stepmother as the one who had hit him. Afterward, his birth father and stepmother fled and remain missing up to now.
At the time, police said a 4-year-old child’s testimony cannot be used as legal basis, so a case cannot be opened. After his grandfather and grandmother repeatedly petitioned the police, Zhengzhou police finally called to inform them that a formal investigation has been opened, over 4 months since the incident occurred.
My son abandoned little Bao, as well as his parents.
His heart is too black [evil/corrupted].
The country let me raise [my son], but I failed in raising my son [correctly].
Upon examination, the child has suffered a 12x10cm defect upon his skull. The brain cells on the right side [of his skull] are almost entirely damaged/insufficient, causing impairment to movement on the left side of the child’s body. If not repaired with surgery promptly, this will endanger the boy’s life.
[Little Zhongbao is lying on the bed]
EVERYBODY: [speaking in turns]
[Little Zhongbao kicks with his right leg as he struggles to get up, but his left leg remains perfectly still]
[Later, little Zhongbao is eating cake; in turn, he offers some to the audience/camera operator]
Throughout all this what has moved me [the producer of the video] the most has been Little Bao’s grandfather and grandmother. They have repeatedly declined our our offer to raise funds for them, saying everybody has it tough, and they can not bear being a burden to everybody because of their own matters.
Only after my insistence that I finally get the bank account number of Little Bao’s grandfather. They kept saying how embarrassing it is to trouble everyone.
Account holder: Yu Qifu (little Zhongbao’s grandfather)
Name of Bank: Industrial and Commercial Bank of China Limited (ICBC); City of Zhengzhou
Account number: 6222 0217 0203 2473 902
Telephone contact: 1347 2582 456
Comments from Youku:
Children are innocent, if you bring them into this world then you are responsible for them, otherwise you should simply not bring them into this world! The birth father and mother are irresponsible, and the stepmother is too evil, you will definitely all receive retribution!
This type of father should just be hit by a car and killed! And the stepmother… I don’t know what to say, but ultimately I just hope the child can fully recover. The child is innocent.
That father and that stepmother should should just hurry and die! May the two of them be thrown into a vat of sulfuric acid!
As a mom, I’m really sad… To think, if something like this were to happen to my own child, I’d go crazy. How could there be such a cruel woman, and how can there be such a cruel birth mother.
Whatever people do, the heavens are watching! Stepmother, you will incur the condemnation of heaven!!!!!!!
Can’t accept this, that there could be this kind of person [in the world].
Truly inhuman! Such a cruel stepmother, and such a cute little child whose life has been ruined by his own father. Are these police good-for-nothing? Would a child lie about such a serious thing? List the stepmother as wanted throughout the entire country!
This is so disturbing; it’s been a long time since I’ve cried like this…
Comments from MOP:
Ai.. yet another China-esque tragedy.
Fuck!!! Being a stepmother isn’t wrong!!! But doing something like this is really wrong!!!
Fuck, is this real or fake?
Fuck, humanity is becoming like animals..
Human de-evolution has begun~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Ai, why stepmothers in China all like this?
Let everyone all see this post, see this inhuman inhuman stepmother. Do you have any humanity? Are you not going to have kids of your own in the future? Go die! Human flesh [search]! Resolutely human flesh [search her]!
How can there be this kind of mother?
Starting from the textbooks of primary school there is no teaching of the doctrines of Confucius and Mencius.
That’s why there is no harmony [in our society]
So how could China become great/strong?
Stepmother suspected of caving in half of 4-year-old boy’s head, father takes money and runs
The stepmother of 4-year-old Henan boy little Zhongbao is suspected of having caved one side of the boy’s head with a spatula. After two surgical operations in Zhengzhou, little Zhongbao has been taken by his grandfather and grandmother to the Shanghai Children’s Medical Center for treatment. On Wednesday, little Zhongbao will undergo his third operation.
After little Zhongbao’s misfortune was posted to the internet by compassionate netizens, many kind-hearted people have donated money and materials as well as paid visits to the hospital.
According to reports, while little Zhongbao was unconscious the stepmother had explained that he had slipped and fallen down. However, once little Zhongbao awakened, he identified his stepmother as the one who had hit him. The police claimed that a 4-year-old child’s testimony cannot be used as legal basis and a case could not be opened. However, Mr Yu, the grandfather of little Zhongbao, relates that yesterday afternoon Zhengzhou local police had called to inform him that a formal investigation into the case of little Zhongbao’s injury has been opened.
“The fat lady hit me with a spatula”
On an intensive care bed outside the neurosurgery ward of the Shanghai Children’s Medical Center [lies little Zhongbao]. Though the severe depression in little Zhongbao’s skull is serious, his mental faculties are still okay. As Ms. Fang, little Zhongbao’s grandmother, tells us, little Zhongbao’s injury occured on April 8th. At that time she and the boy’s grandfather, Mr. Yu Qifu, were still in Beijing. That night at around 10:30PM they received a call from little Zhongbao’s father who said that the boy received an injury to his head and has already been sent to the hospital. Working in Beijing, they [the grandparents] rushed back to their hometown of Henan overnight. At the hospital, they saw that their grandson had received a large indentation to the right side of his head.
Ms. Fang says that little Zhongbao birth father had him out of wedlock, and so to this day little Zhongbao still has not received a hukou. When little Zhongbao was two years-old, his parents split up. Afterwards, little Zhongbao’s birth father met a woman online and would later move in together. This woman would become little Zhongbao’s stepmother, and she herself had come from a divorce.
When bringing up his stepmother, little Zhongbao would become very agitated and from time to time would say, “It was that fat lady who beat me, she used a wok spatula to hit me.” As Ms. Fang told this reporter that “fat lady” refers to little Zhongbao’s stepmother.
Son and daughter-in-law suddenly ran off
Ms. Fang and Mr. Yu rushed back to their hometown of Henan immediately. Mr. Yu says Little Zhongbao was originally living with them in Beijing. However, upon considering that little Zhongbao was getting older and older and had spent too little time with his father, Mr. Yu sent little Zhongbao back to his hometown of Henan on February 10th of this year. But in less than two months, his grandson would suffer grievous injuries and nearly lose his life.
“We asked our son and our daughter-in-law and she kept saying our grandson had fell in the bathroom and hurt himself on his own.”
After the incident, Mr. Yu said he and an old friend quickly took little Zhongbao to Zhengzhou No. 2 People’s Hospital; but the first operation failed. What Mr. Yu found unbelievable was that his son and daughter-in-law actually said: “Let it go, the child can not be saved.” Mr. Yu and his wife insisted on treating the child and had their grandson transferred to to Zhengzhou University No. 1 Auxiliary Hospital to undergo a second operation. Fortunately, this second operation proved to be more successful. At this time, however, something happened that Mr. Yu wouldn’t have imagined even in his wildest dreams: during the process of transferring the boy to a different hospital, the son and the daughter-in-law took the entire family’s remaining 20000 yuan of savings and disappeared.
For the treatment required and with the help of netizens and kind-hearted volunteers, Mr. Yu and his wife brought little Zhongbao to the Shanghai Children’s Medical Center.
As it is understood, although little Zhongbao’s injuries are severe, his mental faculties fundamentally have not been impaired; however, the left side of his body is showing symptoms of hemiplegia [paralysis on one side of the body]. Little Zhongbao will receive another operation on Wednesday.