Chinese kindergarten teacher sentenced to death for poisoning 25 students with porridge containing nitrite

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In its official decision on Monday, the Jiaozuo Intermediate People’s Court in Henan Province called killer Wang Yun’s motives “despicable” and “vicious.” “She should be severely punished according to the law,” the judgment said.

The court heard that during the time before the poisoning, Wang had argued with another teacher at Jiaozuo Kindergarten over the best way to deal with the students.

Then, on the morning of March 27, 2019, Wang added nitrite to the porridge provided by the school for the students of the other teacher. Wang had previously purchased the nitrite online.

According to the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, nitrite is poisonous and possibly carcinogenic used in fertilizers, food preservation, and even ammunition and explosives. At high levels, it can prevent the human body from properly absorbing oxygen.

Wang was previously caught trying to poison her husband, nicknamed Feng, in February 2017 after an argument. On this occasion, Wang poured nitrite into a glass used by Feng, causing minor injuries.At the time of kindergarten poisoning in 2019, a parent told Chinese tabloid Global Times that he received a call from kindergarten saying his child had vomited and passed out. When he arrived, his child was unconscious.

“The vomit was all over (their) pants. There were other children who were also vomiting, and they looked pale, ”said the father, nicknamed Li.

Alleged Needle Injury

Wang’s conviction comes amid new allegations of child abuse at a nursery school in northern China.

Eight parents claimed to find unknown needle marks on their children’s heads and bodies after returning home from Zhaojun Dingqi Kindergarten in Hohhot, Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, state media reported Xinhua.

According to Xinhua, when asked about the needle holes, the children told their parents their teacher stabbed them with “toothpicks” and “red needles” so as not to behave in class – and ordered them to not to tell their families about it.

In a statement, the Xincheng District police said three women had been arrested on suspicion of “torturing children in their care,” although the case is still under investigation.

Dingqi Kindergarten said in a statement that although the school apologizes for the concern and concern raised by parents, it has yet to find any evidence to support the claims.

“At present, (we) have cooperated with the police to provide relevant surveillance footage and material, and cooperated with the investigation by the public security department,” the statement said.

In November 2017, a Beijing kindergarten teacher was sentenced to 18 months in prison for stabbing four children in her class with needles. Police said the teacher, surnamed Liu, used the needles to “tame” children, according to the state tabloid Global Times.

CNN’s Beijing office contributed to this article.

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