British Columbia

Wei Wang convicted for pouring glue in B.C. baby nephew's ears

Police say it's a bizarre case of jealousy and of the cultural pressures of conceiving male offspring.

Police say aunt was jealous, felt cultural pressure to conceive male child

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Police say it's a bizarre case of jealousy and of the cultural pressures of conceiving male offspring.

The story unfolded in February 2013, when the parents of a seven-week-old boy took their wailing baby to the emergency department at the Richmond, B.C., hospital.

The doctor examining the baby found something blocking both his ears and it was later identified as super glue that needed to be removed through painstaking surgery.

Mounties — who are only just releasing the details of the case now — say the baby's aunt, Wei Wang, was charged and convicted in a B.C. court of aggravated assault last December.

Wang, a 30-year-old Chinese National, was sentenced to four months in jail and two months' probation.

According to a search warrant from August 2013, the baby lived in a home with his parents and their extended family. 

Several family members claimed sister-in-law Wei Wang was jealous of Baby Y because she had two daughters.

They said in Chinese culture males were valued higher than females, and that Wang allegedly said she wouldn't receive any inheritance if she didn't produce a son.

The victim's father also claimed he'd found a needle stuck in his son's car seat a few weeks earlier.

RCMP Cpl. Chris Tarasoff says the case was extremely sad and emotionally trying for investigators, but the best result that they could have hoped for was that the child is expected to make a full recovery.

With files from CBC

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