For children not from their own womb, some depraved stepmothers have disquieting methods of 'disciplining' them.
A 12-year-old child in Yibin Sichuan whose stepmother had allegedly cruelly beaten her with a coat hanger repeatedly was emancipated from her parents on the 25th of August after being rescued by a passerby.
The woman who helped the girl, named Ms Zhong, saw her bowing her head on the street and went to ask if she was alright. Only then did the story of her abuse come into the light of public attention. Ms Zhong said: "[The girl] said she cried so much that no more tears can come out of her eyes anymore; her stepmother's beatings have become as routine as eating a meal."
Ms Zhong took the poor girl back to her store, where she noticed the girl's scar. To take a better look at her injuries, Ms Zhong took off the girl's clothes, revealing appaling streaks of reddish purplish streaks of bloody scars on her back. Her arms and shoulders were also swollen from beating, and her face also suffered injuries.
When the store owner asked the girl where the injuries came from, she answered, "It's my stepmother who hit me."
When interviewed by reporters, Ms Zhong said, "After I took [the girl] into my store for refuge, I opened up her clothes, and a lot of her, including private parts, were severely damaged.
"When the child described how she was abused to me, she was very calm throughout. She said that she had already gotten used to the beatings, and it was as commonplace as eating a meal."
The abused girl said during an interview, "[My stepmother] sometimes hits me with a coat hanger, at times on my mouth.
"One time when I forgot to bring my little brother along with me to the playground, she (the stepmother) bent me over, hung me up on the windowsill and beat me up, then left me there hanging for the entire night."
The police were alerted of this incident by Ms Zhong. Authorities state that the girl had accused her stepmother of child abuse, therefore, the police believe the stepmother is unfit to have guardianship over the girl ever again.
After the girl was brought to the police station, her biological mother was contacted, who rushed to the station to pick her daughter up. The case is still under investigation.
The girl's biological mother pointed out that she had been divorced from her ex-husband for 11 years. She had always known that the girl's stepmother was 'more demanding', but she "didn't know it was so serious". She stressed, "I'll do whatever it takes to get legal custody over my daughter, never back to [her father and stepmother], it's too dangerous.
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