Police are currently investigating the case of a man from Shantou, Guangdong province who posted several sets of photos showing alleged child abuse on Weibo.
The pictures, published on QQ News, appear to show the child’s bruised face, legs, buttocks and other areas, with his eyes swollen and filled with tears.
After the images were posted on Weibo, viewers expressed extreme concern and the post was brought to the attention of Chen Shiqu, director of the Public Security Bureau’s anti-kidnapping unit. He reposted the story on his Weibo account and declared that the case was being investigated.
On March 6, the man released a set of photos under the caption, “A young soul is hurting”. The photos showed a young boy with his right ear and forehead smeared with what seems to be blood marks.
On March 27, he released another set of photos, captioned: “Late night in a bad mood, woke my son up for a beating, I beat him ’til 6 a.m. in the morning, it’s bright out, HAHA, and he’s still not dead. I’ll take it slowly!”
On March 29, he wrote yet another post reading:“Your son finally died, I broke his neck by kicking it, fantastic, hahaha.”.
The child’s mother, surnamed Cai, lives in Jieyang city. She said she and Zhong Weixiong met through work in Shenzhen and moved in together. Cai, 21, and Zhong, 36, never officially married. Their child, called Xiao Long, was born in 2012.
Once the child was born, Cai and Zhong lived together in her apartment, and the child was mostly under the care of his maternal grandmother.
Due in part to his bad temper and drug use, Zhong was unable to properly hold down a job. Cai said Zhong continually threatened her family for money, and that he physically abused not just her but also his own father and brother.
At the beginning of this year, Zhong beat Cai and she ran away from home, leaving Zhong to take care of the child. When asked why she did not take the child with her, Cai said she wasn’t able to support the child with her her meager 1,000 RMB monthly salary and so decided to leave him under his father’s care. She said that he’d spread rumors online about her cheating on him, but it wasn’t true. The only reason he posted images of the abused child, she said, was to threaten her and her family for money in order to get drugs.
Cai recently reported the case to police and expressed her willingness to take the child back. When police arrived at Zhong’s house for the child, he was nowhere to be found. The child was brought to the police station for a health check along with his grandfather.
More details to follow.