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December 19, 2018

‘I DON’T KNOW WHY I DID SUCH A THING’: Day care worker who slashed three babies claims she confused newborns with ‘wolves’

September 29, 2018
Yu Fen Wang stabbed three newborn girls and two adults during a bloody Sept. 20th rampage through an illegal Queens business. (David Wexler for New York Daily News)

Deranged day care worker Yu Fen Wang went for the knife and the meat cleaver after something snapped inside her.

The 52-year-old Chinese immigrant, in an exclusive Rikers Island interview, offered a bizarre explanation and an apology for gashing three newborn girls and two adults during a bloody Sept. 20 rampage through an illegal Queens babysitting business.




“I don’t know why I did such a thing or what I was thinking about,” said Wang, speaking Friday in her native Mandarin with the Daily News. “At the moment, I thought they were not babies, but wolves.

“So I slashed.”

The despondent grandmother of three spoke with a heavily bandaged left arm — the result of a failed suicide try in the basement of the day care, where Wang bolted once the carnage upstairs ended.

“I’m sorry, I’m sorry,” said Wang about her terrifying middle-of-the-night rampage through Mei Xin Care Inc. facility. “I hope (the babies) didn’t get hurt. I hope they are OK.”

Three infants — a 12-day-old, a 32-day-old and a 33-day-old — were hospitalized in critical condition with injuries inflicted by Wang’s two sharp blades, officials said. She was charged with five counts of attempted murder in the 3:45 a.m. stabbing spree.

A fourth infant suffered a skull fracture in the chaos. The two weapons used in the attacks were found at the scene.

“I can’t live anymore,” Wang murmured repeatedly, her voice shaky and her right hand trembling incessantly.

Cops found her unconscious and bleeding when they reached the three-story Flushing home. Police believe the nursery was used by pregnant Chinese women for “birth tourism” — foreigners delivering their babies in the U.S. as leverage in obtaining their own American citizenship.

Officials discovered nine infants and 11 cribs in the house, while state and city officials indicated the business was operating without any kind of license.

Wang, in a grey prison jumpsuit, walked unsteadily into the prison visiting room. Her long black hair hung from the back of her head in a messy bun, and she occasionally buried her head in her arms during a 30-minute interview.

She said she worked at the Flushing operation for the last five years and remained under suicide watch while behind bars.

“I hope to redeem myself,” she told the News. “If time could be reversed, I hope I just didn’t commit such a mistake and just be a good person.”

Wang and her husband arrived in Queens eight years ago from their farm in China’s Fujian province. The couple have two sons and three granddaughters, ages 2 years, 3 months and 1 month.

She expressed her hopes for a reunion with her family once her legal woes are addressed.




“I hope to go home and take care of my granddaughters, so that my sons and daughters-in-law can work,’ she said.




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