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Family kept mentally ill Chinese man in cage for 11 years

Published on May 27, 2013 7:50 PM
 
Wu Yuanhong (left), a mentally disabled man, sits in his cage as his mother serves him lunch at their home in Lijiachong village in Ruichang, China's Jiangxi province on May 24, 2013. The mentally ill Chinese man has been kept in a cage for more than a decade by his family after he beat a child to death, media reported on Monday, May 27, 2013, carrying images of him staring blankly though the bars. -- FILE PHOTO: AFP

BEIJING (AFP) - A mentally ill Chinese man has been kept in a cage for more than a decade by his family after he beat a child to death, media reported on Monday, carrying images of him staring blankly though the bars.

Mr Wu Yuanhong, 42, was shown sitting on blankets in the narrow enclosure, his feet shackled with a heavy chain and wearing only a T-shirt and his underwear.

He was diagnosed as a schizophrenic at the age of 15 and in 2001, he beat a 13-year-old to death, the Information Daily newspaper said on its website.

Judicial authorities in Jiangxi province released him a year later as his illness meant he was not legally responsible for his actions, it said.

 
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