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Police in China Seek Woman Who Gouged Out Child’s Eyes

A screen grab of Binbin being wheeled out of the operating room at the hospital.

A screen grab of Binbin being wheeled out of the operating room at the hospital.

Police in Linfen, Shanxi Province, China, are offering a 100,000 yuan ($16,335) reward for information leading to a female suspect who police say gouged out a six-year-old boys eyes, blinding him for life.

The boy, named Binbin, reportedly went outside to play on Saturday August 24, 2013, and was no where to be found two hours later when his mother called him in to dinner. He was found at around 10 or 11 p.m., unconscious, lying in a field with his gouged out eyes lying on the ground nearby. It is unclear why his eyes were taken out. The corneas were intact, so police have ruled out China’s black market for human organs in this case, but have found no motive in this case of senseless maiming.

Binbin was able to tell his parents that he was lured to the field by a strange woman, who struck up a conversation with him about mahjong. Once there she grabbed him saying “Don’t cry. Don’t cry and I won’t gouge out your eyes,” and then she gouged out his eyes. He was rushed to a local hospital and transferred to the Shanxi Eye Hospital in the provincial capital, Taiyuan, the next day.

The boy is medically out of danger, though he will never see again, according to his doctors. He, however, has not yet been told. An uncle told the Beijing Youth Daily, ”He asks why the sky is always dark… and why the dawn still hasn’t come.”

No further details have been released and police are still investigating.

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