Young Chinese Girl Returns Home, Takes Over 20 Baths, Dies

Li Yue, a young Chinese girl who died from mysterious circumstances in Dongguan.

Li Yue, a young Chinese girl who died from mysterious circumstances in Dongguan.

From NetEase:

Young Girl Taken Away By 4 Men, Returns Home, Takes Over 20 Baths, Dies

At around 10pm on the night of 2014 October 20, Hunan province Yueyang city girl Li Yue reached the end of her short 17 years of life. On September 30th, she had arrived in Dongguan from Changsha. At around 6am in the early morning of October 20th, this slender and pretty girl was taken away by four men who were sitting at the same table as her at a midnight snack street vendor stall. A whole 10 hours later, she returned to her rented room in a confused state of mind, covered in bruises. When taken to the hospital, it was determined that she had taken MDMA [“Ecstasy”], and two hours later, she was dead despite medical help.

Photo is of Li Yue's rented room, a table covered with cosmetics."
Photo is of Li Yue’s rented room, a table covered with cosmetics.”

After Li Yue was taken away by strange men and “missing” for 10 hours, she finally returned to her rented room in Dongcheng. “I don’t know who brought her back, but she was completely erratic.” Upon hearing a knock, Li Yue’s roommate Feng Tianyuan opened the door to discover Li Yue in an extremely excited/stimulated state. “She had bruises all over her legs, arms, and neck, and was in a confused state. She went outside, found a broom, entered the room, and began hitting, saying that the entire room was filled with snakes and rats.” Feng Tianyuan remembers that Li Yu bathed at least 20 times that afternoon. “Then she stopped wearing anything, and with a towel around her, she again went outside to get the broom to hit rats.”

Photo is of Li Yue's rented room.
Photo is of Li Yue’s rented room.

Afterward, Feng Tianyuan called the boss of where Li Yue worked, Luo X. “Manager Luo said she must’ve been “drugged”, and that we had to hurry and take her to the hospital.” Feng Tianyuan and a male coworker helped take Li Yue to the hospital to be examined by a doctor. The examination results showed that Li Yue had taken MDMA in the past 48 hours.

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October 26th afternoon, in the bathroom of a rented room opposite the Dongcheng Road Jinao Garden in Guangdong province Dongguan city, a pair of high-heels and a basin of unwashed clothes.
October 26th afternoon, in the bathroom of a rented room opposite the Dongcheng Road Jinao Garden in Guangdong province Dongguan city, a pair of high-heels and a basin of unwashed clothes.

“The doctor prescribed some medicine and recommended that she stay in the hospital for observation, but she said she didn’t take any drugs and didn’t want medical attention, so we could only go back.” On the way back, Li Yue kept saying to Feng Tianyuan, “the taxi is full of snakes and rats,” so they had no choice but to walk home. At the time, it was already 9:30pm in the evening. “She said she was thirsty so I gave her some water until she finally fell asleep on the bed and quieted down a bit.” Not long later, Feng Tianyuan heard an “ugh” sound emit from Li Yue’s throat, and then she was no longer breathing. When the 120 [emergency medical number] ambulance arrived, doctors verified that Li Yue had died.

Comments from NetEase:

飞鸟不过冬 [网易广西贵港市手机网友]:

How tragic this is, she definitely must’ve been gang-raped, and had lost her mind.

慧妃得渔 [网易北京市手机网友]:

Why did the girl leave with them? I think the girl should’ve led a more moral life [made better decisions, behaved more appropriately]?

网易河南省郑州市手机网友 ip:115.60.*.*

Not only did she take Ecstasy, she probably took a lot of it…

不正常人类研究所主任 [网易广东省深圳市手机网友]:

Public morality gets lower by the day. Girls should have more self-regard, and always be on the guard.

瑞丽坊服饰批发 [网易湖北省武汉市手机网友]:

Must’ve taken 幻King [hallucinogenic ketamine?]. Regarding her excited/stimulated state, it’s probably her first time being forced to do it, so she was psychologically rejecting it and excited, producing fears/phobias. During her state of fear, she had hallucinations, seeing snakes and rats. Regarding going to the hospital, the doctors on duty at night at such a time, they often treat patients by making random prescriptions to be done with it, because [those responsible for conducting] blood tests and urine tests have all gone home. I bet the medicine prescribed were depressants and sleep aids, because the patient was babbling nonsense and in a excitable state. As for what ultimately happened, the “ugh” sound, that was probably caused by drug poisoning and respiratory paralysis. So, who is ultimately responsible should be the doctor. All of the above views are all conjecture. Spent half an hour typing this on my mobile phone. Those who support it, click the lower right corner [the upvote button].

霸王鳖王霸 [网易湖北省武汉市网友]:

6 yuan malatang [hot spicy soup, a common street food]!

rss168 [网易广东省深圳市网友]:

Ecstasy is scary.

詩聖 詩聖 [网易浙江省温州市手机网友]:

“Taking Drugs”
A young girl took drugs,
and afterward kept bathing.
She didn’t know she had overdosed,
and even skilled doctors could not save her.
— Poetic Sage.

[Note: The original Chinese rhymes.]

16b38d86ecdd26d85ce879ec [网易澳大利亚手机网友]:

China really is strange. When a girl is violated, so many people’s first reaction isn’t that those thugs should be punished but that the victim deserved it for not behaving like a proper woman. What kind of nonsense is this? How is this any different from Indian government officials talking about rape cases and how the woman deserved it because she shouldn’t have been out on the street?

This story was also a top trending #hashtag# on popular Chinese microblogging platform and social network Sina Weibo at time of translation.

Written by Fauna

Fauna is a mysterious young Shanghainese girl who lives in the only place a Shanghainese person would ever want to live: Shanghai. In mid-2008, she started chinaSMACK to combine her hobby of browsing Chinese internet forums with her goal of improving her English. Through her tireless translation of popular Chinese internet news and phenomenon, her English has apparently gotten dramatically better. At least, reading and writing-wise. Unfortunately, she's still not confident enough to have written this bio, about herself, by herself.

  • kitzmiller

    talk about a misleading title
    the 20 baths practically had nothing to do with this story

    • Guang Xiang

      I hope this doesn’t start a scare that bath = death

      • NeverMind

        It’s already considered a fact in India. I am from India.

        • Irvin

          I thought I smelled something fishy.

      • TheInconvenientRuth

        My taxi driver today seemed to be terrified of baths…

        • Surfeit

          Odeur d’cabbie, by 的哥克莱因

    • AbC

      It won’t attract much attention if the title read “girl overdose in MDMA and died”. Sad fact that most media companies (especially web based) around the world is guilty of this ‘evil’ act. Yahoo, MSN, Dailymail often uses photos in the front page that has nothing to do with the story.

    • Raymond

      20 baths in bath salts

      • Surfeit

        I got it!

    • Kai

      LoL, yeah, and yet that was the headline or attention-grabbing click-bait detail that the story spread with. I suppose in fairness, it does accurately and immediately communicate that the girl was behaving strangely and the peculiar circumstances surrounding what happened to her.

    • Jay

      Some rape victims excessively wash after an assault. Thus the 20 baths could provide an insight into what she was doing during the 10 hours she was “missing”.

      • Alexander

        Yes, you are right, that is what they feds teach as signs in PREA….

    • James C

      Well said, they could have just said she was drugged but I guess they need something catchy!

  • mr.wiener

    Hard to piece this one together. Apparently a victim of being drugged and sexually assaulted. Unsure but probably the drugs that killed her.
    Hope they catch the bastards, but unlikely.

    • Whereas there are specific drugs for date raping in the west, every kind of drug is a rape-enabler in China (especially meth).

      Not saying it’s totally the case here, but when people go crazy in China, it’s always due to a traumatic event. Ergo, if you get raped, you go crazy.

      I know this makes for more questions than answers, but its clear the system failed this girl who had no justifiable reason to die.

      • don mario

        even alcohol counts. since the girls don’t drink much, its pretty easy for the to be completely wasted.. a girl told me a fat guy from UK got her totalled to where she couldn’t walk. took her phone from her and got her to go back to his place. she didn’t even consider it rape, event ho she felt totally violated.. this type of thing much happen a lot.

        • donscarletti

          Bet that UK guy posts self-righteously on this forum.

          • Boris

            It wasn’t me. I don’t drink.

  • Sean Van Cura

    Lol china blames the girl. What the fuck China.

    • Alex Dương

      Hashtag feminism hashtag.

    • Shaniqua1990

      You know she didn’t voluntarily OD herself?

  • FYIADragoon

    Nothing right about doing this shit to anyone. But, she was probably a prostitute so that would explain why she went off with 4 men. I assume they drugged her in the process though. If she’s only 17 she probably got tricked rather easily.

    • Guang Xiang

      Sounds plausible.

    • David

      Don’t you think if she were a prostitute (something pretty important for the story) they would have mentioned it? Or maybe not.

      • simon

        most likely was a prostitute, what kind of teen would be stupid enough to walk off with 4 random strangers.

        • Myk

          Well, Teenagers ARE stupid, everywhere.

      • FYIADragoon

        Main point of the story was the death due to OD. Prostitute is just “icing on the cake,” so to speak. Won’t change how the four are prosecuted since this isn’t going to be a trial for rape, but rather second and fourth degree murder.

      • don mario

        yea definately.

        i think there are several important factors that are suspiciously omitted from this story.

        it actually implys she had a normal job.. talks about her boss and male co-workers.

    • don mario

      could be. but no mention of it in the story.. surely her friend would of known such a thing.

  • AbC

    The girl was taken to hospital and was checked by a doctor, prescribed some medicine, and then subsequently (out of choice) went home without treatment and died several hours after…

    Sounds to me that the doctor/hospital needs to take a portion of the blame here. But this is China where even willing and desperate patients aren’t treated in a timely manner…

    • Shaniqua1990

      They told her to stay and she didn’t. They can’t hold someone in the hopsital against their will.

      Lol.

      • AbC

        They “recommended her to stay for observation” (in China, that means they charge you 5 weeks wages per day and hook you on drip for no apparent reason).

        She should have been in emergency care the moment she arrived if she was hallucinating and with bruises all over her body.

        A proper hospital would do whatever they can to prevent someone who’s likely to die in the next few hours to leave the hospital.

      • lacompacida

        Yes, they can. If a patient is not competent enough to make medical decisions, it is the doctor’s responsibility.

        • JJ

          I completely agree. Nurse in Canada here.

  • Guest

    It won’t attract much attention if the title read “girl overdose in MDMA and died”. Sad fact that most media companies (especially web based) around the world is guilty of this ‘evil’ act. (Yahoo, MSN, Dailymail often uses photos in the front page that has nothing to do with the story.)

    • AbC

      (sorry about the double post, can a mod delete this? I deleted the post and it just took my name off and left the comment as ‘guest’)

      • mr.wiener

        done.

  • Teacher in China

    What killed her was probably bad drugs. Who knows what the hell what is that “MDMA” that she took. Gets it from some random dudes eating at some outside late-night stall, definitely sounds sketchy. Wonder if she took it voluntarily or was drugged? Guess we’ll never know.

    Now excuse me while I return to choking to death on smog.

    • Rick in China

      I think someone else mentioned this but, “20 baths” – I think it means she ate a bunch of bath salts and E. Mdma by itself would have no reason to make her see snakes and rats and shit, and definitely not chase imaginary shit around with a broom while naked.. it must have been some other funky drugs.

      • don mario

        so that would imply she has a history of taking drugs. no mention of that in the story though, why? seems like an important factor.

      • Teacher in China

        Yeah, that’s what I was thinking. MDMA usually doesn’t lead to hallucinations, not such vivid ones anyway. So either it wasn’t the real thing, or it was cut with something else, or like you said she indulged (or was drugged with) something else in addition to the MDMA.

        • If I May

          A dissociative hallucinogen can, though… PCP is extremely uncommon in China, but other drugs of that class, like methoxetamine and (especially) ketamine are much less so. In heavy doses, any of those chemicals (and their variants and cousins) can produce many of the “symptoms” described in the article. This was almost certainly not MDMA, a quasi-psychedelic entactogen (of the phenethylamine class) that yields few visual distortions or enhancements, let alone true hallucinations. Even the dissociatives seldom do that. Now, as to why would they tell people that she took MDMA instead of something else, who knows the reason…

      • Kai

        No, nothing about bath salts. Her roommate literally observed her taking over 20 baths (showers more like) that afternoon. The Chinese is clear (as was the English translation of that Chinese).

    • don mario

      bruises all over her body including neck make this story very fucking dodgy indeed. also.. how many chinese chicks even drink ? let alone willingly take drugs. most likely its a kind of date rape situation. in my eyes at least. obviously there is no way to know, and these story’s never give much details. especially on the important parts -such as she was taken away by dudes -how? forced? and covered in bruises. surely those are incriminating factors??

  • Alphy

    Glad there is at least one comment posted here that balance the view:

    China really is strange. When a girl is violated, so many people’s first reaction isn’t that those thugs should be punished but that the victim deserved it for not behaving like a proper woman. What kind of nonsense is this? How is this any different from Indian government officials talking about rape cases and how the woman deserved it because she shouldn’t have been out on the street?

    If the same story had happened but with a guy, is it any different? Would people still blame the victim? I hope that most people are sensible and the perception that most people blames girl victim are just a error in perception. As there will always be innocent and naive citizens, that’s who laws and societies are meant to protect, and if we give in to unjust actions by shifting the responsibility of protection to each individual, that is exactly the type of society you will eventually get.

    • simon

      It’s not necessarily blaming the victim, it’s just saying had the victim not walked off with 4 random strangers, none of this would have happened. you’ve got to be responsible for the choices you make.

  • Surfeit

    “Girls should more self-regard, and always be on the guard.”

    OR, and I’m just putting this out there, people shouldn’t be so rapey.
    Sigh, just like when they said Shanghai girls get molested because they dress so slutty. It’s absurd logic.

    • donscarletti

      As has been discussed many times before, they are both great ideas, but other people’s rapeiness is not something one can control as fully as one’s own exposure to risk.

      However, with this story, the girl was jumped on by four guys at midnight and was drugged and beaten. None of which she could have prevented either way. I would personally save my criticism for people who walk into danger for the sake of it, this one probably never really had a chance.

      • Surfeit

        I’m not trying to insinuate people shouldn’t be precautious in life, and I’m not commenting directly on the article. I’m disagreeing with the postulation (which I quoted) that women should constantly be vigilant of threatening behaviour, and that this is the answer to the problem at hand – Rapey guys. Accordingly, I brought up the case of the Shanghai girls, who were blamed for the abuse they encountered, by men who argued they were ‘asking for it’ in the way they dress.

        The problem is not that someone is eating out late at night, wearing revealing clothing, or female.

  • Best quote:
    “Then she stopped wearing anything, and with a towel around her….”

    YOU ARE TEH NAKED. UNDER YU CLOTHESES

  • Balkan

    Most Chinese commentators judge her and only one expressed sympathy. No one knows what truly happened. Police should apprehend men she was with. There is a big chance she did not take it voluntarily. Maybe that was why she kept repeating “I did not take drugs” – because she thought she didn’t. There is a big chance she was gang-raped after she was drugged, but couldn’t remember what happened. Where are her parents? What is a 17 year old girl doing so far away from home?

  • David

    I find it incredible that a girl who is ODing is taken to a hospital, seen by a ‘doctor’ discharged and dies. WTF? I can not remember the last time I read a story where it said “The person was in serious condition but was taken to the hospital and they have recovered thanks to the medical treatment they received.”

    • Rick in China

      It seems she was told she should take the meds and stay for observation – but refused and left, without taking any medicine, and without listening to the doctors…..so I suppose we can’t really blame the hospital. We have no information on what was really wrong with her – the diagnosis – the drugs offered, etc. If she was already deep in her high, whatever it was, any treatment poses significant risk also – because they’d have to be sure they knew what the drugs were or potentially cause exasperated effects..this girl likely didn’t know for sure what she had in her system (if she knew anything at all at that point)

      • lacompacida

        In her state, the doctor should have ruled that she is not competent to decide her medical treatment and be forced to stay in the hospital, until she’s regain competence, or when her family arrived to make medical decisions for her.

        • Rick in China

          “In her state”

          What state. The only information we have of her state whatsoever at the hospital is, “The examination results showed that Li Yue had taken MDMA in the past 48 hours.” There is no indication whatsoever of her being insane *at the hospital* swatting imaginary rodents away with a broom. There is only your assumption that her behaviour at the hospital is the same as the reported behaviour her roommate mentioned at her apartment – right? Or do you have some sort of insider information? Any conclusion about malfeasance by the hospital or doctor and their responsibility to patients, based on what we know, is completely make-believe.

  • Robert Clarke

    I read this story on Wechat a few days ago. Thought I had miss-read the Chinese when it said she died from taking a bath! Looks like I read correctly and China Smack are just tried to get clicks!

    • Kai

      No, this story doesn’t say she died from taking a bath either. All cS did was accurately reflect the attention-grabbing headline that the story spread with. You want to know why this story was popular? The arguably misleading headline is part (if not most) of it. We’ve fulfilled our mission.

  • Amused

    Meh, all this rape talk is just speculation. It’s probable, but they never did a rape kit so we’ll never know. That aside, you can definitely say you didn’t really want to party with this girl tho. Some people can’t handle their shit…

  • don mario

    what i get from this story is that there are many important details omitted so we cannot really see the full picture of what occurred.

    the spin is basically that she is a pretty and young girl and the rest is a sensationalist report on drugs.

    how about some more info on the group of guys that took her away -maybe forcibly? and the bruises she had all over her body including neck? that makes it seem like it could of been a date rape situation.

  • Ryo Saeba

    Something weird about this is that MDMA usually lasts about 3-6 hours. Let’s say she took the last dose at 9am, the effects would of worn off by 3pm. She lasted until at lease 9:30pm. So there must of been something else in her system. Something much more stronger and potent and lasts longer.

    • lacompacida

      May be the dosage was so high that the damage was permanent ?

  • ht7h

    look at them heels and makeup stall. She brought this upon herself

    • lacompacida

      Wish you will have a beautiful wife and a beautiful daughter.

      • ht7h

        i’m not lesbian

    • David

      I sincerely hope you are being sarcastic and doing a social commentary on the backwardness of Chinese netizen comments.

      • ht7h

        Nah

  • christina

    Poor girl, she was likely raped and beaten, hence the nonstop baths to get rid of the disgusting feeling.

    • Jahar

      There’s also the possibility that if she was on mdma she just really liked the feel of it.

  • must touch brain

    Police are looking for four suspects described as thugs.

  • Small twon

    Find 4 bast** ,take them to the hospital ,remove their organs for donation and bury their body in the rice field !

    To the people who is saying “girl did wrong blah blah”

    DO NOT TELL YOU DAUGHTER “DON’T GET RAPED ”

    TELL YOUR SON “DON’T BE A RAPIST”

  • Surfeit

    Situational awareness is a very different notion to being constantly expectant of sinister behaviour. Which, in the posters terms, should only be expected because one is female.

    Likewise, not being rapey doesnt automatically make you a nice person. I don’t think I even implied that.

  • lacompacida

    PRC is a great nation. Glad to see PRC hadn’t changed.

  • Average Zhou

    6 yuan malatang! lol I presume he meant as a hangover cure the way Mexicans eat menudo, but it also kind of seemed like he was implying that the cheap street malatang might have been what fucked her up.

  • Boris

    Stories like this make me glad I took up that one way trip to Mars.

  • China really is strange. When a girl is violated, so many people’s first reaction isn’t that those thugs should be punished but that the victim deserved it for not behaving like a proper woman. What kind of nonsense is this? How is this any different from Indian government officials talking about rape cases and how the woman deserved it because she shouldn’t have been out on the street?

    AMEN

    • Daniel

      Sry miss, but those opinions are not strange to western countries either.

  • JJ

    She was clearly going through a psychotic episode, probably from side effects of MDMA. The hospital should have retained her until they know her cognition is intact. In Canada, we have Forms at the hospital where the patient can be retained up to 24 hours and re-assessed to see if the patient is cognitively functioning well before releasing them.

  • Probotector

    Damn I love those shoes.

  • Teacher in China

    Don’t be sorry… I really don’t care if you disagree :)
    Your point is taken though.

  • simon

    we also don’t know if she was offered money to leave with them

  • 强大统一的中国

    Those who deal in illegal drugs must be executed by hanging, lethal injection, or firing squad.

    Those who smuggle drugs across provinces and countries must be executed by hanging, lethal injection, or firing squad.

    Those who commit violent sexual assault must be executed by hanging, lethal injection, or firing squad.

    No alternative voices for “mercy, clemency, or leniency” can have any say.

  • L.A Woman

    These Chinese people on the comments are stupid why are Chinese people so damn stupid? Did it ever occur to them that when she was in the same snack bar with them they put it in her drink, when she wasn’t looking?
    This is why China is so screwed up because of these people and how they think they will always be oppressed and live this way because they think that way