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Woman slashes fetus in mad attack

A WOMAN who faked her own pregnancy has pleaded guilty to cutting open the belly of a pregnant woman and trying to remove her baby, Hong Kong media outlets reported yesterday. The infant later died.

Leung Sin-ting, 27, of Hong Kong, pleaded guilty on Thursday to charges of manslaughter and inflicting grievous bodily harm on the expectant mother, the South China Morning Post reported.

Prosecutors said Leung invited the woman, who was eight months pregnant, to her apartment last September after the two met on a child-care Website. It was there that Leung choked the woman with a cord until she passed out and then slashed a 10-centimeter wound in her abdomen.

The woman survived but the infant died six months later after suffering wounds that caused brain damage and impaired bodily functions, the newspaper said.

Leung said she was jealous of the pregnant woman's happiness and wanted the child for herself.

Details of the case were only made public this week.

According to the newspaper report, the prosecution said Leung, who claimed to have suffered miscarriages in 2003 and 2008, pretended to be pregnant by wearing towels tied under her clothes.

She managed to persuade her husband of four years that she was carrying a baby and obtain a doctor's certificate to claim maternity leave.

Sentencing was set for October 27 to give prosecutors time to determine whether Leung should be committed.

A similar case was reported in June in the United States, where an Oregon woman was accused of cutting a fetus out of an expectant mother.

The woman was found dead in her apartment, and the accused was charged with kidnapping the infant girl.



 

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