A woman accused of stabbing three newborn babies and two adults inside a New York City day care center told a reporter she attacked them because she believed they were wolves. Yu Fen Wang, 52, spoke to the New York Daily News over the weekend apologized to the victims for what she had done.
“I don’t know why I did such a thing or what I was thinking about,” Wang told the publication in her native Mandarin. “At the moment, I thought they were not babies, but wolves. So I slashed.”
She added, “I’m sorry, I’m sorry. I hope [the babies] didn’t get hurt. I hope they are OK.”
Officers were called to the scene on Sept. 21, where they found Wang in the Mei Xin Care center’s basement cutting her wrist with a knife. The center provides constant care for mothers and their newborns so that the mother can stay indoors and rest. The traditional practice, which is common in East and Southeast Asia, is known as “zuo yue zi,” or “sitting the month.”
The Chinese immigrant told the paper that she worked at the Queens facility for five years. “I hope to redeem myself,” she said to the News from Rikers Island. “If time could be reversed, I hope I just didn’t commit such a mistake and just be a good person.”
Wang has been charged with five counts of attempted murder. Her victims are all expected to make a full recovery.