Chinese Killer Caged By Mother For 11 Years: Wu Yuanhong Released, Doctors Rule Mental Illness [REPORT]

By Staff Reporter on June 17, 2013 1:37 PM EDT

Chinese killer Wu Yuanhong caged
Chinese killer Wu Yuanhong has been caged for 11 years. (Photo: Creative Commons)

A mentally-ill Chinese killer was caged by his own mother for 11 years after a psychotic episode in 2001, which Wu Yuanhong beat a 13-year-old boy to death in his village of Ruichang in Jiangxi Province.

After the shocking incident, mother Wang Muxiang, 74, feared that her son Wu Yuanhong might be capable of further, worse violence. Wu Yuanhong, now 42, was diagnosed with schizophrenia at age 15.

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Due to Wu Yuanhong's diagnosis, judicial authorities in Jiangxi province eventually released him one year later as his mental illness meant he could not be responsible for his actions.

Ultimately, Wang made a difficult decision to seal and shackle her son. After local blacksmiths refused to build Wu a cage should he seek revenge on them when he was released, Wang Muxiang took it upon herself to weld a cage that will hold her son.

"I welded the cage while crying heavily," admitted Wang. "Although he suffers from mental illness and killed a person, he still is my son."

"Thinking I am making a cage to lock him in, my heart was broken."

Wang Muxiang tended to her caged son every day for 11 years. Wu Yuanhong was handed three meals every day and a cloth over the cage. Wu was given a pan whenever he needed to use the toilet.

"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," Wang continued. "Every time I delivered food, I would sit at his cage and cry. Now my tears are dried up."

According to Daily Mail, Wu Yuanhong was finally freed from his sealed cage by blacksmiths grinding away at the cage with a circular saw. According to Straits TImes, Wu Yuanhong was staring blankly though the bars. 

According to China's Ministry of Health, 2010 data indicated that there are only about 20,000 odd psychiatrists to serve the nation's population of 1.35 billion, 179 million of whom suffer from some form of mental illness.

Severely undertreated, many sufferers like Wu Yuanhong endure their demons without professional aid. Access to proper psychiatric treatment is even more difficult in China's rural regions.

See the shocking photos of Wu Yuanhong held in a cage wearing only a T-shirt and underwear here.

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