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Anonymous witness claims woman emotionless as son murdered

Anonymous witness claims woman emotionless as son murdered

The mother of a man who was beaten unconscious in revenge for his role in a traffic collision that left a five-month-old boy dead last week was criticized on separate fronts yesterday for having little regard for her son's life.
An unidentified witness told local cable TV stations that he saw the driver's mother, Wu Chin-chi, stand emotionless while watching her son be bashed by more than 10 assailants outside a funeral parlor where the young boy's body was being held.
"She told the attackers that she did not care (about his life) because the son had gone astray...She even pleaded to let one life pay for the other's life," the anonymous witness claimed when interviewed by reporters from stations CTI and ETTV.
The remarks seemed to contradict Wu's public expressions of grief in recent days, when she denounced the violence and voiced distress that her son's assailants had chosen the worst possible solution to end the dispute.
But the bereaved mother declined to rebut the anonymous witness's remarks. She simply explained that the comment she was quoted as making in the funeral home "was aimed at calming the attackers to stop the violence."
"I was referring to my life when I suggested to let one life pay for the baby's life," Wu said.
The mother's decision to take her son off of life support on Sunday afternoon was also questioned yesterday. Doctors at Hualien's Mennonite Christian Hospital suggested that the victim, Soong Pin-chieh, had not met accepted criteria required for him to be declared as "brain dead" when his mother made her decision.
Soong's situation needed to be further confirmed before the hospital could pronounce him dead, a doctor surnamed Chiu explained.
Wu, however, contended she chose to end her son's life based on "what the doctor advised."
"He said any further treatment would barely make any improvement," she said.
Wu also apologized to former Hualien County Council Speaker Tsai Wen-ching (蔡文景), acknowledging she had mistakenly identified him as being at the scene of the violence.
"I'm sorry to cause others great inconvenience," Wu said. She also apologized to Democratic Progressive Party Legislator Lu Po-chi, who local media reported was called in to mediate the dispute following the accident.
Both politicians strongly objected to media claims of their involvement in the dispute, and vowed to take legal action.
Police were also looking for the infant's father, Chiang Chieh-chung, who has gone missing after being questioned by prosecutors early this week, the media reported yesterday. He was also reported as being under police surveillance because of alleged connections to gang rings.
Meanwhile, the Mennonite Christian Hospital made public Soong's records in an attempt to ease doubts that the hospital failed to protect its patient's safety.
An hour later after Soong was admitted to the hospital at 12:34 p.m., a nurse on the fifth floor found that Soong had many visitors. Worried that they could interfere with other patients, she called for assistance from security guards to send the visitors away.
At 6:50 p.m., nurses on the same floor heard loud noises coming from Soong's room and called in the security guards again. They demanded that the visitors leave, but one defiantly remained behind.
An hour later, the nurses detected sounds suggesting violence in Soong's room and immediately called the police, who arrived at 8:24 p.m.
The police said they could not stay and guard Soong, as the patient's family did not report the case or demand police protection, the hospital noted.
Hospital workers then discovered Soong being rolled out of the hospital in a wheelchair by several people at 10:55 p.m. The patient did not object when the unidentified men claimed they just wanted to take Soong outside for a smoke.
The workers notified the police again, however, when they watched as Soong was whisked away in a black van, at which point the police began their search for the victim.
The patient's mother was phoned by the hospital at 11 p.m., and she sighed and commented in response, "I can't do anything about it," the hospital indicated.


Updated : 2021-10-17 05:39 GMT+08:00