Man probed for mal­treat­ing el­derly mother

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - CHINA - By ZHANG LI in Nan­ning zhangli@chi­nadaily.com.cn

A man in Feng­shan county, Guangxi Zhuang au­tonomous re­gion, is be­ing probed for al­legedly mal­treat­ing his 92-year-old mother by lock­ing her up in a tiny room.

A video has gone vi­ral on Chi­nese so­cial me­dia show­ing how the old woman, sur­named Yang, lived in a room mea­sur­ing less than 10 square me­ters and con­tain­ing only a wooden board cov­ered by an old quilt for her to sleep on.

The video, be­lieved to have been recorded by lo­cal me­dia, showed that an iron gate out­side the room was locked.

The lo­cal gov­ern­ment sent a team to the house to free Yang.

“She was locked up when we found her, and her son and daugh­ter-in-law were at home at that time,” said Huang Huam­ing, deputy chief of Jinya town.

The of­fi­cials con­tacted Yang’s daugh­ter to take care of her.

The cou­ple said that the man’s mother had asked to live in the room, adding that Yang has suf­fered from in­con­ti­nence for years and she asked to move into the room for fear she would con­tam­i­nate the house her son lives in nearby.

Yang was later trans­ported to the lo­cal hos­pi­tal and af­ter a thor­ough phys­i­cal ex­am­i­na­tion she was found to be frag­ile, but fit.

She has re­turned home and is now liv­ing in her son’s house.

Lo­cal po­lice are con­duct­ing an in­ves­ti­ga­tion and col­lect­ing ev­i­dence.

“It is true that she has been abused, but the room was not fenced un­til a cou­ple of days ago, so she wasn’t locked up for years (as the video claimed),” said the lo­cal po­lice chief sur­named Wu.

“We doubt whether she lived in the room will­ingly be­cause we are not sure whether she has a sound state of mind at the age of 92,” Wu added,

Yang’s four chil­dren signed an agree­ment to look af­ter their mother, ac­cord­ing to which Yang will con­tinue to stay with her only son, but her daugh­ters will take turns to look af­ter her.

CAO FENG / FOR CHINA DAILY

A group of armed po­lice res­cue “hostages” from a train dur­ing a train­ing drill in Chongqing on Thurs­day. The drill was con­ducted to en­hance the com­bat abil­ity of the group, which is re­spon­si­ble for se­cu­rity dur­ing this year’s Spring Fes­ti­val travel rush, start­ing on Fri­day.

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