By Yining Su
Today in horrific news about children that will ruin your day: an 11 year old girl in Guizhou has been found with her mouth sewn shut with fishing line. She was also severely malnourished and had cuts and burns all over her body. Her father has been arrested.
According to the Daily Telegraph, Yang Shihai, who has four other children, was reportedly arrested after his daughter Xiao Li was found by the side of a road by a villager.
The abuse reportedly went on undetected for 6 years. Consider: Xiao Li weighed just 16 kg (35 lbs) when she was found, which is half as much as the average child her age.
From a picture published by China Daily, it is clear that the girl is much smaller than typical 11 year olds.
Police in their village had apparently been alerted to the abuse before. Last October, the local police chief, Fang Xuping, went to Yang’s house after receiving a tip-off. The police chief said: “We went to Yang’s home, and we saw that a part of the girl’s scalp was a little red, but it was not too serious”.
Perhaps Fang was not aware that the 16 kg child he was looking at was supposed to be 11 years old.