‘Cannibal’ Mother Tries to Eat Newborn After Giving Birth in Hospital

WARNING: This story and its graphic images are very disturbing. Viewer discretion is advised.

The circumstances surrounding this bizarre story are all-around disturbing. 24-year-old Li Zhenghua is believed to have been surviving on the streets for a number of

weeks before going into labor and being taken to hospital. There isn’t much known about whether or not she was a drug user or mentally ill, only that she was homeless, at least when admitted to hospital in southern China. Her mother-in-law had recently thrown her out of her home despite her pregnancy.

Despite her disheveled appearance, there was nothing to indicate that Zhenghua would start chomping on her newborn daughter’s arm after delivery, but that’s exactly what she did. When a nurse came in and saw that she had her teeth locked on the baby, she tried to pull the baby to safety but Zhenghua wouldn’t give up her daughter.

Eventually, doctors inserted an object into the mother’s mouth so she couldn’t close her teeth fully. They then levered her jaws apart. After that she was sedated and the baby was taken away to be treated for cuts and bleeding.

‘It was really shocking,” a hospital spokesman said. “The arm was badly damaged and suffered not only heavy bruising but bleeding as a result of the bite.”

Hospital staff are deciding whether to give the newborn back to his mother.

An investigation into the incident is ongoing.

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