It’s a disturbing story of cultural pressure and jealousy.
RCMP are only now releasing details about troubling and bizarre story out of Richmond, that it’s calling a “Super Glue Assault” on a seven-week-old infant.
The incident happened in February of 2013.
The baby was screaming endlessly, and the parents couldn’t figure out why.
They rushed the little boy to hospital. The doctor was able to determine glue had been put in his ears, and getting the glue out again required what the RCMP call “painstaking surgery.”
A full investigation was launched, and eventually Wei Wang, a 30-year-old Chinese national, was convicted of aggravated assault in December.
Police say Wang is the baby’s aunt.
Acting Corporal Dennis Hwang spoke to CKNW’s Charmaine de Silva about the Richmond newborn whose ears were super-glued shut by a jealous aunt.
Cultural beliefs and jealousy may have played a role. Police say Wang was upset she didn’t have any male children, so she super-glued her nephew’s ears shut out of spite.
Acting Corporal Dennis Hwang says the RCMP wants to send a strong message:
“Regardless of where the perpetrators may have originated from, this type of behaviour is not acceptable.”
While Hwang wouldn’t say this type of crime is common in China, he says it does happen because of the overwhelming pressure to have sons.
Luckily, the boy is believed to have made a full recovery.
As for the aunt, Wang received a four month jail sentence and two years of probation.
Richmond RCMP say they’re releasing these details now as part of its Closed Case series.