The story appears on

Page A5

March 4, 2011

GET this page in PDF

Free for subscribers

View shopping cart

Related News

Home » Metro » Society

Woman tried to kill daughter-in-law

A WOMAN in her 60s tried to kill her daughter-in-law by attacking her with a hammer due to long-term conflicts, prosecutors have said.

The daughter-in-law was injured on the head and face and broke seven teeth, however, the injuries are not said to be life threatening.

The Changning District Prosecutors' Office has ratified the arrest of the woman, surnamed He, on a charge of attempted murder.

He told prosecutors that she believed it was the frequent quarrels with her daughter-in-law, surnamed Zheng, that resulted in her husband's death.

When her son, who had long endured the bad terms that existed between his mother and wife, sided with his wife and called his mother unreasonable, the old woman felt it was the daughter-in-law who had taken her son and husband away from her and decided to kill her in revenge, prosecutors said.

He, along with her husband, moved to Shanghai from her home in Fujian Province more than three years ago to help look after her grandson after the baby was born.

He didn't like her daughter-in-law even before she married her son and had frequent disputes with her when they lived together.

Their main dispute was about how to take care of the baby and as the conflicts got worse, Zheng said her mother-in-law could no longer look after the child.

The situation turned worse after He's husband, who had always been healthy and energetic, died suddenly two years ago.

He attributed her husband's death to Zheng's bad temper and that belief led to a deep-seated hatred for the daughter-in-law.

Zheng tried to endure He's acrimony at first, but as He stubbornly maintained that the daughter-in-law was the "killer" of her husband more than half a year later, their conflicts descended into fights.

One day in early January, Zheng planned to take her son to her mother's home when He came over to speak with the boy. Zheng urged the boy to leave, which enraged He.

A few days later, after her son went to work, He allegedly attacked her daughter-in-law with a hammer. To escape from the attack, Zheng rushed out of the home, but He followed and tried to attack her again. She was stopped by security guards who heard Zheng's shouts for help.

Zheng was assessed to have suffered traumas to the face and head and seven of her teeth were broken.

Since He admitted she had planned to kill her daughter-in-law, she was charged with attempted murder, prosecutors said.


Copyright © 1999- Shanghai Daily. All rights reserved.Preferably viewed with Internet Explorer 8 or newer browsers.

沪公网安备 31010602000204号

Email this to your friend