Chinese teacher sentenced to death for poisoning children 1

Chinese teacher sentenced to death for poisoning children

A kindergarten teacher in China has been sentenced to death for poisoning dozens of children in an act of revenge against a colleague that left one toddler dead .

A court in the central Chinese province of Henan said Wang Yun put sodium nitrite into porridge being prepared for her colleague’ s students , sickening 25 .

The attack took place in March 2019 and left one boy severely ill for months before he died in January this year , according to news reports .

The Jiaozuo City Intermediate People ’s Court on Monday said Wang knew sodium nitrite was harmful but went ahead “ with no regard for the consequences”, leaving many innocent children in hospital.

News reports last year said the children began vomiting and fainting after eating their breakfast .

Kindergarten students in China are aged between three and six .
The death sentence was handed to Wang this week for the offense of using dangerous substances .

Sodium nitrite is used for curing meats but can be toxic when ingested in high amounts .

Wang concealed her reasons for the poisoning after carrying out the crime and her “motives were despicable ”, the court said .

Her “criminal methods and circumstances were exceedingly bad, with especially severe circumstances, and she should be severely punished in accordance with the law ,” the sentencing statement said .

The court added that Wang and the manager of the kindergarten must compensate the children’s families .

It was not the first time Wang used sodium nitrite to poison someone , authorities said . In 2017 she put it in her husband ’s mug , causing him minor injuries .

In March last year, 36 primary school students in southwest China ’s Sichuan province were hospitalized after eating “moldy food ”.
( AFP )

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