A six-year-old comatose survivor of a brutal attack and suicide attempt involving her estranged father faces death as her family relinquishes access to additional emergency treatment.
According to a report by the Chinese-language Web site Now News, a man surnamed Lee (李), ambushed his estranged wife at 8am on Wednesday last week at the kindergarten attended by their two daughters in Greater Kaohsiung. The report said Lee was angry about divorce papers his wife filed that alleged domestic violence and addressed custody of the children.
As his estranged wife brought the kids to school, Lee allegedly stabbed her three times in the chest and used her car to escape, taking his six-year-old daughter.
The woman died from her wounds, police said.
Hsinchu County Fire Department received a tip at 2am on Thursday last week saying that Lee was attempting suicide by burning coal in the car.
Paramedics were able to stabilize Lee after emergency treatment, but the daughter fell into a deep coma, police said.
Lee reportedly admitted to all charges when brought in for questioning in Greater Kaohsiung. Prosecutors applied to the district court to detain him on manslaughter charges amid the possibility further criminal behavior and the potential that he would flee if allowed to remain free.
The district court approved Lee’s detention and stripped him of visitation rights.
The comatose daughter was transferred from Linkou Chang Gung Memorial Hospital to Greater Kaohsiung Chang Gung Memorial Hospital on Wednesday on prosecutors’ orders.
Doctors said her pupils were dilated, indicating that her brain stem has lost functionality, and she rated 3 on an unspecified coma scale.
Medical staff added that her kin have agreed to abandon further emergency treatment and were “preparing for the worst news.”