The boy shows his hands and back covered in scars.
A series of images showing a nine-year-old boy suspected of being abused by his foster parents have gone viral after they were uploaded by a Weibo user on Friday evening.
The Weibo user named chaotingbanrixian wrote: “At the age of six, the boy was legally adopted by his foster parents in Nanjing. The abusive conduct was found out by the boy’s teachers last year, but at the time the teachers thought it might have been an accident, so it didn’t get publicized.”
Recently one of the boy’s teachers discovered a fresh set of scars all over his body and noticed that he is scared of being around crowds of people. The school have tried to get to the bottom of the abuse but to no avail, so are now appealing for netizens to help.
Local media have reported, without naming any sources, that the boy’s parents have been beating him with water pipes and branches, burning his feet with water vapor and jabbing his face with pens.
According to the Nanjing Morning Post, the foster parents are very well-educated. One is a journalist and the other is a lawyer. Police are currently carrying out an investigation.
UPDATE [05/04/2015 15:15]: Xinhua reports that the child’s mother was taken into custody in the early hours of this morning. The boy has temporarily been returned to his biological parents while an investigation is carried out.
By Lucy Liu and Dominic Jackson
[Image via Weibo]