Wu Yuanhong sits inside his cage at his home in Lijiachong village in Ruichang, on May 24, 2013
A mentally ill man has been kept in a cage for more than a decade by his family after he beat a child to death, Chinese media reported Monday, carrying images of him staring blankly though the bars in Ruichang, central China’s Jiangxi Province.
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.
No independent confirmation of the circumstances was immediately available to AFP.
Wu was placed in shackles after his release, but his mother Wang Muxiang, built the cage after he escaped and walked around his home village of Shangfan scaring local residents, the report said.
Family members cried as they put him in the cage, the report added, but he escaped again and they were forced to build a stronger structure to hold him.
"My son may be insane, and beat someone to death, but he's still my son. To use my own hands to place him in a cage was very hard to take, like being stabbed with a knife," the paper quoted Wang as saying.
Wang gives her son three meals a day, placing a cloth over the cage and providing a pan when he needs the toilet.
"Every time I delivered food, I would sit at his cage and cry," she reportedly said, adding: "Now my tears are dried up."(From Sina)