Last month, Weibo lit up with rumors of an elderly adult walking a barefoot boy in chains, begging in a small village in Zhejiang province. With the help of the villagers, the boy has been found by police in a gloomy, dank building, where he was tied down by several meters of chain.
A 70 years old lady with a crutch explained to the police that the 11-year-old boy is her grandson, surnamed He. When he was one, he fell off from his bed and sustained a severe brain injury. Ever since, his behavior has gotten violent and exceedingly hard to control. The grandmother herself is suffering from rheumatism and asthma, the boy’s mom died of cancer a few years ago, and He’s dad has a recurrent mental disability. It is not an optimal situation.
The boy’s dad showed up when the police arrived at He’s home, and begged them to help his family.
“His mom passed away, his day is getting old, who is going to take care of him after we are all gone?” He’s grandma said, “It kills me to lock him up with a chain, but owing to his mental condition, he might hurt people if we let him out, so it’s better this way.”
Netizens are calling for donations to save the poor child.